Launch Slideshow

District Architecture Center

District Architecture Center

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    Anice Hoachlander

    AIADC opened the District Architecture Center, a storefront space in DC's popular Penn Quarter neighborhood, that serves as a venue for exhibitions, educations sessions, and provides other resources for local architects.

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    Anice Hoachlander

    The lobby serves as a gateway to seminar rooms that can be opened up to serve as event space.

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    Anice Hoachlander

    The wood-clad lobby also serves an an exhibition venue to showcase projects. Through June 30, it plays host to "Could Be: The AIA|DC Awards for Unbuilt Architecture," an exhibition curated by the National Building Museum.

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    Anice Hoachlander

    The ground-level seminar room feature movable glass walls and can be reconfigured to accomodate a series of events.

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    Anice Hoachlander

    The space also includes a lower-level, with four meeting rooms, office, and breakout space.

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    The lower-level is accessed by a stair off of the ground-level lobby.

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    Courtesy Hickok Cole Architects

    Ground-level floor plan

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    Courtesy Hickok Cole Architects

    Lower-level floor plan

Chances are, if you're in Washington, D.C., for the AIA 2012 National Convention and Design Exposition this week, you've stopped by the new District Architecture Center, which serves as the home of AIA|DC and the Washington Architecture Foundation. The center was designed by local firm Hickok Cole Architects—who won the top two spots in the design competition held last year and provides exhibition, meeting, and event space for the local architecture community.

Located in a storefront space in D.C.'s Penn Quarter neighborhood, the center also provides a place for the non-design community to learn more about architecture in Washington. Stop by and peak your head in later. For now, here's a glimpse of the new facility.