Department of Planning and Development

Fairfax County, Virginia

CONTACT INFORMATION:

703-324-1380
TTY 711

12055 Government Center Parkway, Suite 730
Fairfax, VA 22035

Exceptional Design Awards Program,
Department of Planning and Development

2020 James M. Scott Exceptional Design Awards Recipients

Honor Awards

3347 Sheffield Court

3347 Sheffield CourtARCHITECT: Cook Architecture

OWNER: Name withheld by request

CATEGORY: Residential

YEAR COMPLETED: 2020

PHOTOGRAPHER: John Cole

SUPERVISOR DISTRICT: Providence

DESIGN AWARD JURY COMMENTS: The jury joins the neighborhood in celebrating the successful preservation of this iconic modern-era home. The primary building structure and significant individual elements were beautifully and skillfully restored. New elements were respectfully integrated while still recognizable as contemporary additions. This is a great example of how a skillful and sensitive renovation can breathe new life into an existing building and preserve an important part of architectural heritage.

The Potomac School, Spangler Center for Community and Athletics

Potomac SchoolARCHITECT: CannonDesign

OWNER: The Potomac School

CATEGORY: Institutional

YEAR COMPLETED: 2019

PHOTOGRAPHER: Sam Kittner

SUPERVISOR DISTRICT: Dranesville

DESIGN AWARD JURY COMMENTS: The School’s commitment to stewardship and sustainability are well represented in this noteworthy project. While grand in its prominence on the campus crossroads, it is humble in design expression as it seems to grow out of the site. A shared naturalized vocabulary between building and site supports the design intent as the restrained material pallet references adjacent natural features in an economy of strong moves.  Wayfinding is enhanced by thoughtful human scale clues as greater detail and refinement are concentrated at entry points and common areas. This strong centerpiece for the campus and community was craftily executed and is well deserving of the Honor Award.

Merit Awards

The Divine House

divine HouseARCHITECT: Cunningham | Quill Architects

OWNER: Name withheld by request

CATEGORY: Residential

YEAR COMPLETED: 2018

PHOTOGRAPHER: Anice Hoachlander

SUPERVISOR DISTRICT: Dranesville

DESIGN AWARD JURY COMMENTS: The jury appreciated the simplicity of the architecture and thoughtful interplay with the topography in support of the overall design intent. Intimate in scale, the livable spaces of the Divine House flow from one room to another and stretch beyond the exterior walls giving each space deliberate views and connection to living spaces outside. The selection of finish materials, highlighting natural wood, materially emphasize the interior/exterior connection. The downplay of the garage, tucked under the building, allows the exterior spaces to be more prominent and sets the house within a series of courtyards and gardens. 

INOVA Mather Proton Therapy Center

Inova Proton Therapy CenterARCHITECT:  Stantec Architecture

OWNER: Inova

CATEGORY: Institutional

YEAR COMPLETED: 2019

PHOTOGRAPHER: Prakash Patel

SUPERVISOR DISTRICT: Providence

DESIGN AWARD JURY COMMENTS: The Inova Mather Proton Therapy Center tells a compelling story, understanding that patients who visit are in a vulnerable state, both physically and emotionally, and that beyond being functional the center can also be a place of calm and healing. Through a tightly controlled palette of materials, use of soothing sculptural forms and integrated lighting, the center is visually calming and conveys respect and a sense of dignity for the patients who will be treated there.    

Honorable Mentions

HI-LO House

Hi-Lo HouseARCHITECT: KUBE architecture

OWNER: Name withheld by request

CATEGORY: Residential

YEAR COMPLETED: 2019

PHOTOGRAPHER: KUBE architecture

SUPERVISOR DISTRICT: Dranesville

DESIGN AWARD JURY COMMENTS:  As capturing the beautiful landscape view was the starting point of this design, the jury felt it has a spare minimalist character that is consistent in both architecture and site. Well-crafted and restrained in material and color pallet, the house is tucked in, allowing the site its own presence, and restraining the visual impact of this well ordered and rational design. 

Leidos Global Headquarters

AleidosRCHITECT: Shalom Baranes Architects

OWNER: Boston Properties

CATEGORY: Commercial

YEAR COMPLETED: 2020

PHOTOGRAPHER: Jay Townsend (Leidos)

SUPERVISOR DISTRICT: Hunter Mill

DESIGN AWARD JURY COMMENTS:  At the eastern gateway of the Reston Town Center, the finely crafted Leidos building offers a simple form of mass with high quality skin, clean and contemporary, setting a new architectural vocabulary within the existing urban fabric. Excelling above the surrounding context, it is a good precedent for future development in Fairfax County.

KeyW

KeyWARCHITECT: FOX Architects

OWNER: KeyW

CATEGORY: Commercial Interiors

YEAR COMPLETED: 2019

PHOTOGRAPHER: Erin Kelleher

SUPERVISOR DISTRICT: Dranesville

DESIGN AWARD JURY COMMENTS: Restrained human based design provides an interconnection of spaces flowing freely one to the other in this successful layout. The social hub organized around the main stair, encourages idea sharing, inviting people to gather through visual and physical clues.  Views connecting inside to outside are captured well in support of the dynamic, energetic space. The use of restrained, simple, and even economic materials, with refined execution, elevates the overall appearance of the space and presents a sophisticated but still humble image for the tenant. 

Fairfax County Herndon Station Parking Garage

Herndon Station GarageARCHITECT: HGA

OWNER: Fairfax County Department of Public Works and Environmental Services

CATEGORY: Institutional

YEAR COMPLETED: 2018

PHOTOGRAPHER: Mike Worthington

SUPERVISOR DISTRICT: Hunter Mill

DESIGN AWARD JURY COMMENTS: The jury wants to encourage thoughtful design throughout Fairfax County as is demonstrated in this well-crafted parking garage. Given a technical program, the design elements go beyond what is required as the choice of materials and their refined detailing help ground this building to its location and contribute to the architectural language of the streetscape. 

Burke Lake Golf Facilities

burke lake golfARCHITECT: Hughes Group Architects

OWNER: Fairfax County Park Authority

CATEGORY: Recreational

YEAR COMPLETED: 2017

PHOTOGRAPHER: Dan Cunningham

SUPERVISOR DISTRICT: Springfield

DESIGN AWARD JURY COMMENTS: This unique structure, simply constructed of naturalized materials, settles nicely into the site. Although straight forward in function, it takes on an almost civic building presence as an iconic park structure. Outdoor spaces and gardens emphasize the indoor/outdoor relationship giving a pleasing design quality to this building typology. An example of doing it well.

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