The project takes advantage of Arlington County’s innovative development programs, which offer developers additional height and density in exchange for including affordable housing and an environmentally sustainable design approach to the new construction.
Due to their construction type, small floor areas and low floor-to-floor heights, these buildings no longer meet the criteria for Class A office space.
The redevelopment includes re-planning an entire city block and designing a new mixed-use complex consisting of three 15-story office buildings, a 20-story residential tower, new street-front retail and four levels of parking below grade. It represents a unique opportunity to re-orient the Crystal City streetscape toward a traditionally urban, pedestrian-friendly environment with animated storefronts and high-quality landscaping and street furniture.
For the adaptive re-use of the vacant office building at 220 20th Street, lower residential floor loads allowed for the addition of six new floors and a rooftop pool deck to the existing structure. The original pre-cast concrete and brown-tinted glass facade was removed and replaced with a lighter, all-glass facade.
Though the buildings are connected to the Metro system and underground mall below grade, each will have its own street-level entry lobby. Each building will also have separate loading and parking entries and dedicated parking.
AIA Virginia – Architecture Award of Excellence
Delta Associates – Awards for Excellence in the Apartment & Condominium Industry Awards for Excellence, Best Mid-Atlantic Adaptive Reuse Apartment Project
NAIOP Northern Virginia – Award of Excellence, Best Building Renovation Adaptive Re-Use