The Cameron is a 380,000 sf residential apartment building designed by WDG Architects featuring retail space on the ground floor, a variety of open space amenities and public art. The project is located in the Silver Spring Central Business District, within walking distance of a Metro Station. HCM was commissioned to provide open space access for public use to be in accordance with development requirements.
The development guidelines required the developer to provide amenity spaces for public use.
To address the public space requirements, the site design includes a hierarchy of connected and integrated public amenity spaces that provide a variety of opportunities for public use. A geometrically bermed lawn panel is the focal point of the project and displays a dynamic public art component. The lawn is visually framed by an architectural trellis that runs along the streetscape edge. A pedestrian-oriented plaza is marked by vertical elements which reflect the building architecture, seating areas, and high-quality paving materials. By de-emphasizing the functional nature of the vehicular drive, the project ties the vehicular areas into the overall design concept, and softens the magnitude of the vehicular spaces.