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Crystal City Sector Plan

Crystal City Sector Plan

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The Crystal City Sector Plan represents the results of a community planning effort to develop a preferred vision for the next generation of development in Crystal City.
The Crystal City Sector Plan represents the results of a community planning effort to develop a preferred vision for the next generation of development in Crystal City.

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An important objective of the Master Plan
is the creation of landmark architectural
features at signature sites that establish a
distinct identity of place, symbolically mark
gateways and signifcant points of interest,
and contribute to the visual and architectural
character of the Crystal City streetscape.
The Architectural Features Map (Figure
3.11.1) identifes locations in the Illustrative
Concept Plan where special architectural
features would contribute to this objective.
The diagram also identifes frontages where
coordination in the composition of façades
to create a more unifed architectural theme
would signify the prominence of selected
locations. To this end:

Innovative architectural expression
should be given wide latitude in
featured locations; guidelines on
massing and setbacks are relaxed.

Architectural features range from a
special corner treatment to a complete
building tower.

Feature locations are often paired; each
location should respond in a reciprocal
manner as part of a larger urban-design
composition.

Coordinated frontages should mutually
respond in massing, materials, and
architectural language to visually unify
the common space or street they frame.

Where recommended architectural
feature locations overlap with bulk-
plane angles, consideration may be
given for fexibility for portions of such
frontages to vary somewhat from bulk-
plane angles.

Change in Facade Treatment

Corner Feature - Bethesda, MD

Corner Feature

Symbolic Entrance - Boston, MA

Example of Architectural Feature Locations at 18th Street

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12th Street S

15th Street S

18th Street S

23rd Street S

20th Street S

Crystal Drive

Je erson Davis Boulevard / US1

S. Eads Street

26th Street S

Clark - Bell Street

Clark/Bell Street

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