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JRA Market Common Clarendon AeriaImage Courtesy of Antunovich Associates  

Market Common Clarendon is a 10.2 acre transportation oriented development infill project in Arlington, Virginia, which is located bewteen two Metro stops. It is organized as an urban village with a mix of retail, office and residences around a U-shaped street, which contains a park with multiple pedestrian amenities. The multi-use project contains top notch retail facilities with such stores as Barnes & Noble, Crate & Barrel, Chicoís and Pottery Barn as well as four high-end restaurants. Atop the commercial components are stacked rental apartments and lofts which face onto a large central plaza and people place. One key to the projectís success is the multi-storied parking structure buried under as well as behind the shops thus eliminating the need for a large surface parking lot.

JRA Market Common Clarendon Playground   JRA Market Common Clarendon Fountain 2
Forming the focus of the project, the central plaza includes a playground, gazebos, bandstands, two fountains and luxurious gardens. One space contains a multi-tiered fountain with seating around a central bricked plaza. The sound of cascading water fills the plaza and people sit at the fountain while tossing pennies into its pebble strewn bottom. An informal bricked path leads past the band shell to another cascading fountain at the entry to the center. This fountain contains two large pre-cast pools linked by three stone clad waterfalls and was dedicated to one of the original families of this area in Virginia. The client wanted an immediate, finished look and encouraged the use of larger plants. Large Halka honeylocust trees ring the U-shaped entry road and are underplanted with drifts of rhododendrons, azaleas, leucothe and viburnums.
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Jacobs/Ryan Associates designed all of the fountains, site elements, lighting and landscape, given a unique opportunity to display a talent for all aspects of creating a successful urban space. The Market Common Clarendon won the 2005 Urban Land Institute Award of Excellence and was featured on the cover of Winning Shopping Center Designs as it won the 28th International Design and Development Award from the International Council of Shopping Centers.

Client: John McCaffery Interests; Architects: Antunovich Associates

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