Metro Park

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Landscape Architecture Bureau, working with the architect, Kling Stubbins (now Jacobs), designed the three-acre site for this 20-story regional headquarters for a defense contractor. The key issues were arrival at the building (by bus, on foot from the nearby Metro station and by car), provision of both sunny and shady areas for lunches and small gatherings and integration of fire lanes adjacent to the building while maintaining a park-like feeling at the main entry and a garden for employees at the rear. The Park incorporates a broad paved arrival zone at the front door that is shared by cars and pedestrians. Fountains on either side of the drive are the edges of seating areas on a sloped, sunny, south-facing lawn, under shade trees and at café tables. The entire area collects stormwater and stores it in gravel beds under the entry plaza. At the rear of the building is a fire lane that LAB designed as a garden, with a rich geometry of polychrome gravel and stone, reinforced turf and lush planting. Integrated into the fire lane is sinuous path lined with benches and canopy trees.

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