Loudoun County, Virginia
Originally zoned as agricultural, the rapid development in the Dulles South area of Loudoun County in the 1980's forced the County to consider rezonings to planned unit developments as part of a smart growth plan. Ultimately, the traditional town codes established by South Riding helped the County rewrite the Zoning Ordinance for regulating the character of future developments.
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The site, a series of fields separated by cedar hedgerows and crossed by stream valleys, provided the main challenge in designing this new town. The resulting design concept was that of a town with individual residential neighborhoods focused around a higher density center with a diverse mix of residential, commercial, and civic uses. The environmental buffers on the site provided ideal definitions for the "outdoor rooms" which form the residential neighborhoods, with a core that includes a school, church or community park combined with a green and convenience retail. These amenities, combined with town fairs and summer concerts, make South Riding the hometown of over 2,000 families.
AwardsCitation Award, Progressive Architecture P/A Awards | Honorable Mention, American Society of Landscape Architects | Honor Award, Potomac Valley Chapter of the American Institute of Architects | Winner, 1995 and 1996 Finest for Family Living Award | Honorable Mention, Maryland Society of the American Institute of Architects
5,715 residential units
4,100,000 sf commercial/industrial space