Should Alexandria’s Waterfront Architecture Be Trendy?

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Robinson South concept design in Old town Alexandria, Virginia

Apparently not, according to Alexandria officials. Michael Neibauer, who covers real estate development at the Washington Business Journal, learned trendy is not ‘of Alexandria’ and not for the Robinson South development. Should the waterfront architecture be trendy?

One question I have is, Robinson South is being developed by the same folks who developed the Oronoco Waterfront Residences and the original Robinson South design followed the Oronoco’s. If one is good, why isn’t the other?

What do you think? Discuss below…

Via WBJ

Trendy architecture, as one local developer recently learned, has no place on the overhauled Old Town waterfront.

EYA, with its architect Shalom Baranes Associates PC, will return to the Board of Architectural Review-Old and Historic on Wednesday with a revised design for the Robinson Terminal South project at 2 Duke St. Its experience with the BAR to this point should be a useful guide for other developers seeking to tackle Old Town under Alexandria’s now two-year-old Waterfront Master Plan.

The Robinson Terminal South redesign follows the review board’s objection to EYA’s original scheme, which planning staff described as “very contemporary, organic and almost disordered structures that drew their inspiration from contemporary global architecture.”

According to Alexandria staff, in a report released ahead of the upcoming session, the board during its July 2 work session recommended EYA “do a restudy,” making clear “that the architectural design and character of the project should clearly read as being of Alexandria.”

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