Pentagon Row is a successful mixed-use community on Joyce Street in Arlington. Mahan Rykiel was charged with rejuvenating the plaza and increasing the seasonal programming space by half—while still allowing plenty of pedestrian circulation, and increasing planting areas within the reduced area.
The design team incorporated new fountains, which are sculptural elements— animated with sequenced lights and jets—and fireplace with adjacent lounge seating that encourages shoppers and residents to use the space for extended periods of time. The use of wood decking satisfies the stormwater requirement for pervious surfacing, and introduces a warm but sophisticated design element. The personalized spaces, thoughtful attention to detail, and commitment to sustainability, create a place that invites the community to explore the center for a full range of lifestyle and entertainment activities.
2017 Honor Award, Maryland ASLA Professional Awards Program