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.
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.
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.