A Possible Second I-395 Air Rights Project

Michael Neibauer of the Washington Business Journal reports that architect Alfred Liu aspires to build a “global trade center” atop Interstate 395 between K Street and New York Avenue NW. Liu’s portfolio of past projects is vast and global with the Friendship Arch and Wah Luk in Chinatown representing local examples of his work.

Image courtesy U.S.-China Capital Cities Friendship Council (via WBJ)

A few blocks south the Louis Dreyfus company also has committed to plans to build over I-395.

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    That’s, um, special. A little too obvious for my tastes. (“So, it’s a global trade center, see? You can tell because it’s got a globe wrapped around it.”)

    Still, at least there’s interest on that stretch of 395, which I had worried would be left behind as other decking proposals around the city moved forward.

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    FourthandEye says

    Like Octavius I’m encouraged by the interested in decking over this area of I-395. But I’m not necessarily ready to toss my support behind this idea/rendering. Probably better to issue a RFP and see what all interested developers would have to propose.