- National China Garden Washington DC, United States
- Robinson-Westchase Neighborhood Library Houston, TX, United States
- Long Bridge Park Aquatic and Fitness Center Arlington, VA, United States
We create places and spaces that help define the identity of a community
Every building project has to address unique client needs, overcome challenges and satisfy code requirements. Architectural design must address these fundamentals, but can do so much more. In each commission, Page aspires to identify and leverage opportunities to achieve a project’s full potential in both performance and aesthetics. Across projects of all types, scales and budgets, we weave program, architecture and site to define a unique sense of place.
While we bring this ambition to all of our projects, it is especially important for civic or community spaces. Public buildings express ideals and tell stories. They help visitors understand and identify with the community to create a sense of belonging. Although their forms, materials, and programs are wildly different, the underlying goal for these project types is the same: architecture that delivers a memorable experience specific to its site and its organization’s mission.
- Building Sciences
- Civic / Government
- Planning / Urban Design
Preserving traditional construction methods
The 12-acre National China Garden at the United States National Arboretum in Washington, D.C. will be the finest example of a Chinese garden in the U.S. and a symbol of friendship and collaboration between the two countries. While the original garden structures date to the Qing Dynasty (1644-1912), Page had to ensure the replicas integrated modern building systems necessary for code and ADA compliance.
To reflect historic accuracy, the buildings utilize traditional structure and joinery so that visitors can appreciate the heavy timber construction. However, Page designers concealed all traces of modern equipment or materials. HVAC systems are hidden in the ceiling structures or carefully integrated into screen details. This dedication to authenticity ensures a highly immersive experience.
Innovating a landscape connector
Long Bridge Park transformed an 18-acre brownfield site in Arlington, Virginia into a civic asset but a tight budget did not permit completion of all elements at that time. Page, general contractors Coakley Williams and aquatic specialists MJMA subsequently won the aquatic and fitness center with a crisp and modern design form that echoes the faceted geometries of the landscape, so that the volume appears to arise from the site.
The design team wanted the roof and walls appear as one to relate the building directly to the ground planes of the park, like an origami composition. Doing so also would limit the potential for leaks in the roof, which spans from 140 to 200 feet. Due to the length needed, it was not an option to fabricate the roof panels in the factory and deliver to the site so the team collaborated with the manufacturer to set up their “factory” onsite.
Today’s libraries have expanded to also become local resources for educational, cultural and recreational programs and services. The Robinson-Westchase neighborhood library, built in 1991, needed to be reconfigured to meet the expectations of today’s users. Although the durable brick exterior was in good condition, the tight façade darkened the 18,000 square foot interior, which did not convey welcome or openness to the community.
In a design/build partnership with Balfour Beatty, Page developed a design that effectively utilizes daylighting while minimizing glare or heat gain. The interior space was reconfigured to improve sightlines, ease customer service functions, and define new zones, including a teen lounge and flexible community spaces. A new, tall glazed entry hall is easily seen from the street, a gesture of welcome that eases wayfinding.
By the numbers
- 1st PUBLIC POOL IN ARLINGTON COUNTY
- 70% EXISTING WALLS REPLACED AT ROBINSON-WESTCHASE LIBRARY
- $100M FROM CHINA FOR NATIONAL GARDEN
Making a difference in the community
“The aquatic and fitness center at Long Bridge Park is the culmination of years of effort to transform this unique, yet highly contaminated brownfield site into a symbol of the county’s commitment to the health and wellness of residents of Arlington County.”
Robinson-Westchase Neighborhood Library
- IIDA Texas-Oklahoma Chapter Design Award
Architecture of Buffalo Bayou Park
- Urban Land Institute (ULI) Global Award of Excellence
Texas Capitol Complex Master Plan
- ASLA (American Society of Landscape Architects) Honor Award
- Architecture of Buffalo Bayou Park and The Cistern
- The influence of architecture on a major American city
- Designing for equality and opportunity
- China wants a bold presence in Washington – so it’s building a $100 million garden
- Making a place in history
- Community center kicks off effort to revitalize East Aldine
- Texas Agency Builds on Capitol Concept