Location: Arlington, Va.
Project type: multifamily residential and retail
Client: Dittmar Company
Virginia Square Towers is an envisioned LEED Gold, 536-unit and multifamily project with 10,000 square feet of commercial space facing two transit-oriented streets in Arlington, Va. Encompassing two city blocks, it will be bisected by a cobblestone road going through a civic courtyard full of amenities including a lively zero depth water fountain in the center of an informal performance amphitheater.
The central amphitheater courtyard of this complex represents the center of the Arlington pedestrian greenway and will be a pedestrian refuge and gathering place for individuals at lunch or for small community gathering for the arts.
Expressed as a series of corner towers that are chamfered at the corners to reduce the apparent scale of the buildings, the design establishes a hierarchy of design elements from base to top. Between the corner towers, vertical buttresses organize the building and are braced by trusses that are the balcony rails. At the top of the buttresses are glass-enclosed units expressed as lanterns providing subtle beacons from the building. The detailing draws on a combination of simple masonry patterning, glazing proportions and suspended trusses. The organization of the design differentiates the mix of lifestyles within while still providing both a singular identity for the project.