This nine-story, 230,000 square-foot office building is a composed arrangement of glass, aluminum, and highly articulated cast concrete. Perched atop two-story columns over an existing eight-level retail and garage complex pedestal, the design is a multifaceted homage to educational and architectural diversity.
Located on the south side of Reston Town Center, the building is visible to its adjacent neighbors that are clad in broad brick facades and punched windows. Elevations that face this context echo the texture and articulation of the brick with a patterned, striped, warm cast concrete panel reveals cast shadows and adds depth. The building’s tall narrow end walls address the urban core of Reston.
The long, horizontal sweep of the upper mass opens to the highway on its southern flank, where the entire building is highly visible. The gently bowed expanse of clear glass with aluminum sun shades is detailed subtly and deliberately to take advantage of the southern exposure. The spandrel glass skin is formed by two spaced layers—a mirrored interior layer and an etched outer layer—that capture light and give back shimmer, depth, and playful pattern.
The design is sensitive to its site, neighbors, and purpose. Careful detailing reveals subtle elements and sparkling high lights. The composition of concrete, aluminum, and glass materials reflect the building’s LEED Silver certified rating.