Tech behemoth Amazon and the development team for its future headquarters in Northern Virginia revealed updated designs for the site at an Arlington County planning meeting this week. The designs depict refined building materials, including copper metal fins, vision and spandrel glass, and terracotta, for Amazon’s pair of proposed 22-story structures. They will be located at Pentagon City’s 16-acre Metropolitan Park area and replace empty warehouses.
The new renderings surfaced in Amazon’s latest submissions to Arlington’s Site Plan Review Committee, which now has held two meetings on the headquarters project, called “HQ2” by Amazon. At the committee’s September 23 meeting, the development team discussed plans for HQ2’s open spaces and transportation infrastructure, such as bike lanes, garage parking, and dedicated pick-up and drop-off zones for cars. Amazon has saidit wants the project to be “part of the neighborhood, not a campus.” HQ2 will have first-floor retail and a rooftop deck.
JGB Smith is Amazon’s co-developer and ZGF is leading the design work. Per the committee:
“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.”
A third committee meeting on HQ2 is slated for October 13, and the tentative agenda covers construction issues like phasing and community perks like public art. Designs for the site, to feature 2.1 million and 67,000 square feet of office and retail, respectively, are shown below.