KGD Architecture

Envision a Multigenerational, Mixed-Income and Mixed-Use Community

NAIOP challenged architecture and design firms to envision the future of niche development, particularly as it related to senior living and medical office. Washington, D.C.-based KGD Architecture responded with Aria.

Meet the concept….

Aria is an urban-infill 1 million-square-foot development that serves as a multigenerational, mixed-income and mixed-use community. A vibrant one-acre public courtyard is located at the center of three buildings, forming the “heart” of the project.

The concept redevelops an existing multifamily building into a combination of market-rate and affordable housing, with areas that showcase art and technology uses, as well as medical offices. Sustainable and high-tech elements are employed throughout Aria, from the roof garden terrace, where residents can cultivate herbs, vegetables and fruits, to exterior and interior green walls that help maintain air purity and reduce demand on mechanical HVAC systems. Rooftop photovoltaic panels and microturbines capture solar and wind energy.

Watch a video of KGD’s presentation, presented by Tom Donaghy, AIA, LEED AP, Principal, KGD Architecture.

This post is part of a series on the three winning design concepts of the NAIOP Niche Development design competition, presented at the Commercial Real Estate Conference 2015. The design competition presentation is sponsored by CenterPoint Properties, Duke Realty, Geopac, IDI Gazeley, Majestic Realty Co. and The Rockefeller Group.

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