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1412 I Street Northwest
Washington, DC, 20005
United States

(202) 333-4480

With a professional working relationship spanning three decades, Gary F Martinez FAIA and Thomas E Johnson FAIA founded Martinez+Johnson Architecture in 1994 to bring their design sensitivities to institutional and cultural projects in urban locations. The 25-architect firm has since established an expertise in three main architectural areas – the restoration and adaptive reuse of historic structures, institutional buildings in urban areas and community settings, and the design and planning of performing arts venues.

Known for a thoughtful design approach to public facilities, M+J develops an intimate understanding of the needs of users, patrons, and operators destined to inhabit the projects of the firm. M+J looks to the future in their design aesthetic even when the context may be firmly rooted in the past and executes creative solutions to facilities both new and historic, where flexibility, ease of operation, and high but versatile performance characteristics are requisite. Venues express aspirational values and goals of the communities within which they are located, and at the same time conform to issues of economic value at the highest levels of environmental sustainability.

Eye 5

 

Eye 5

Washington, DC


A comprehensive mixed-use plan for a downtown development in Washington, DC was needed to accommodate the growing population in the city in the early 2000s. Located on the edge of culturally rich and diverse Chinatown, the proposed building would look to the future as a building block for an emerging great urban neighborhood.

 

Opportunity

Located within one of DC’s historic districts, the proposed Eye 5 was an important junction of the city; realizing the opportunity to create a vibrant and exciting urban corner would weave together many strands of downtown Washington’s fabric, some historic and some new.

 

Creation

Martinez+Johnson devised a center based on the concept of community. Designing a building featuring mixed-income housing, a hotel experience, a neighborhood cage, affordable artists’ residencies, studios and gallery spaces, and retail areas, both housing and jobs would be created for the residents of Ward 6 and the District. This new development was proposed to act as a transition point between neighborhoods by creating large public spaces rich with presence, yet sensitively attuned to the historic surroundings.


Owner: CityPartners LLC

Study Completion: 2008

Size: TBD

Cost: TBD

 
 
 
 
 

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