Cityline at Tenley


Cityline at Tenley

LocationWashington, DC
ClientRoadside Development
ServicesLandscape Architecture, Concept Design, Construction Documentation, Construction Administration
Site Area2.5 ac (1.0 ha)
Budget$500,000 USD
Date2002 - 2005

OCULUS designed streetscapes, entry plazas, interior gardens, and courtyard spaces for the redevelopment of this historic Sears Building in Northwest Washington, DC. Cityline at Tenley involved both historic preservation elements and the development of elegant and flexible landscape spaces for ground level retail and a new residential tower.

The largest of the landscape spaces, the Central Courtyard, is a simple yet meticulously composed space. The Courtyard provides residents with a space for peaceful repose as well as a flexible staging area for gatherings, special events, and exhibits. The design centers on a bosque of Honey Locust trees that serve as the main sculptural elements of the space and are set against a striking backdrop of red stone dust and further framed by Cor-Ten steel walls. The rich materiality of this central area is contrasted by surrounding lush planting and crisp white granite entry ramps that are accented with sleek, stainless steel railings.