The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has named the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Area Transit Authority winner of its 2014 Twenty-five Year Award, which recognizes a building project that has embodied architectural excellence for 25 to 35 years. A study in mid-century modernism with brutalist influences, the system opened in 1976 with design by Harry Weese, FAIA, and is credited for turning the nation’s capital into a world-class city.
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Design elements such as exposed concrete, granite, and bronze weave throughout 86 stations currently traversed by 750,000 commuters daily. Escalators descend onto a 600-foot platform situated underneath an arched roof, resulting in a monumental space unlike any other metropolitan transit system in the U.S.