Landscape Architecture Bureau

Landscape Architecture Bureau

Washington, DC


Concord Residences

The courtyard at the Concord Residences is an intensive green roof over a below-grade parking structure. The design provides a space for the residents that accommodates social gatherings, while at the same time, due to its straightforward geometry and the simple palette of materials, can also serve as a quiet, calm place to read or have a cup of coffee.

The courtyard is structured as a series of rectangles; the water feature, lawn panel, seating areas, and tree plantings are all in this language. The design also incorporates a strategy to re-use all stormwater for irrigation. Rain that falls on the lawn, on the plaza pavement, and that runs down the facade of the building is captured in trench drains that supply a system of perforated pipes under the pavement. The water is distributed through this system into a soil-filled vault under the plaza pavement. Only the overflow from extremely large rain events goes to municipal storm drains. The pavement itself is supported by stacked, polystyrene soil chambers that support the weight of the paving while preventing compaction of the planting medium. The shade trees in the project, given sufficient soil resources, can then grow to maturity.

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Status: Built
Location: Arlington, VA, US