Rendering of Amazon’s planned Northern Virginia headquarters | Amazon/ZGF | via DCcurbed.com
In a recent meeting of the Arlington County planning committee, Amazon revealed updated site plans for the two 22-story towers that will house the future headquarters located at Pentagon City’s Metropolitan Park. The plans will replace existing empty warehouses on the 16-acre site.
The designs presented to the planning committee demonstrate the innovative design you would expect from a tech behemoth flush with record earnings and soaring stock prices. The building materials are refined, including copper metal fins, spandrel glass, and terracotta. The towers will offer first-floor retail and a rooftop deck.
This is the second meeting of the Arlington Site Plan Review Committee, focusing on the Amazon HQ2 project. The previous meeting focused on the open, public spaces surrounding the development, as well as the transportation infrastructure, parking, bike lanes, and pick-up/drop-off zones. As reported by DCcurbed.com, Amazon has indicated a desire to integrate the headquarters into the community, and have feeling of being “part of the neighborhood, not a campus.” You can view the presentation from the first meeting here.
The committee, as reported by DCcurbed.com, described the structures:
“Both buildings have similar architecture, but the applicant [Amazon’s development team] has attempted to break up the size of the buildings not only with tapering of the building mass, but with differing materials and articulation. The ground floor retail areas will have transparent vision glass storefronts. Parking and loading entrances will have dark colored masonry and metal. The lobbies are distinguished by vision glass on the second and third floors. The upper stories will have a combination of light and dark metal and masonry, with large glass windows, some of which are openable. Parts of the building will be accented with gold colored fins and window mullions.”
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