The American Institute of Architecture (AIA) presents the Twenty-five Year Award to architectural projects that have demonstrated their lasting validity and importance over the past 25 to 30 years. This year’s award was presented to the metro stations in Washington D.C., which have risen to the status of icons of the city’s architecture.
Back in the 1960’s architect Harry Weese, FAIA (who died in 1998), proposed construction of spacious, airy transit stations in a modernist style with a certain “grandeur” appropriate to the capital city of the United States.
The city’s transit grid has 86 stations, all designed in the same style to make the spaces easy for users to understand and allow more than 700 thousand people a day to get around the city thanks to forward-looking investment.
2014 AIA Twenty-five Year Award - http://www.aia.org/
WMATA Photo by Larry Levine