Citation for Design This is a bold and compelling civic project that adds to the urban context of Silver Spring. The jury commended the architect for deftly using program elements to create public space. We could imagine many activities taking place here during all four seasons. The building`s language is modern, urban and monumental, yet in scale with the surrounding town. The exterior walls enclose space within the buildings and shape public spaces outside the building. There is a refreshing transparency and lightness here, inside and out. This project makes a compelling argument for the civic and cultural value of architecture.