Washington Business Journal Features HOK’s Design of One Reston Town Center
Deborah Dietsch profiles tall buildings punctuating the skyline of suburbs surrounding Washington, D.C.
“… In the suburbs, tall structures higher than 20 and 30 stories are increasingly rising to symbolize the newfound confidence of places like Tysons and Reston. Metrorail is in part responsible, encouraging the building of high-rises as part of mixed-use, transit-oriented development aimed at attracting residents and employers.
“As evident in three recent projects in Virginia, the tall buildings signal a willingness to experiment with sculptural shapes that both punctuate the skyline and pay attention to the pedestrian experience on the ground. They are more sedate than futuristic in design, but represent positive changes in conserving land with smaller footprints and increased density.”
“… Developers are realizing tall buildings in the suburbs require more than bland designs to attract tenants,” notes Dietsch, who writes that at One Reston Town Center, “The 23 levels plus penthouse will now be wrapped in slick curving glass skin and screen wall at the top. A tall glass lobby accented with V-shaped trusses will mark the corner.”
“… The parking garages act as a podium for the upper stories and will feature landscaped roof terraces. They have been lowered nine feet from the original design and will be sheathed in undulating aluminum panels extending into the lobby.
“The wavy garage facades and landscaped plaza in front of the building could create an engaging streetscape, while the tower marks the expansion of Reston Town Center.”
HOK is lead architect on the project being developed by Akridge and RTC.