The Census Bureau's National Data Processing Center in Bowie, Md., is becoming as well-known for its form as for its content.
The center is among the recent winners of the Presidential Awards for Design Excellence; the award is the latest in a growing list of honors for the building.
The awards recognize extraordinary projects in several design areas, including architecture. The data processing center was honored for the design of its computer and telecommunications center, described by the General Services Administration as a sleek and airy building that projects an image of openness and accessibility while providing a high level of safety and security.
'It is a small building with a subtle monumentality,' a juror for the presidential award said.
The firms that designed the building, Davis Brody Bond of New York and Tobey + Davis, now the Smith Group, of Washington, have won eight other awards for it, including the 1999 National Endowment for the Arts Federal Design Achievement Award.'E.M. Cosgrove