Crystal City

How to Design a Building that Makes the Context Look Better

Text by Matthias Hollwich

This residential development is designed to chart a new path for Crystal City, an office park and shopping center built in the 1970s and 80s with millions of square feet of brutalist buildings. These towers take inspiration from the surrounding office blocks, but substitute bright materials in the place of drab concrete to breathe new life into the area.

Its three towers make slender counterpoints to their heavy neighbors with expressive balconies that shift outwards up the height of the building. Inviting retail spaces and a public plaza give the area a new landmark for those arriving by foot, car or airplane from nearby Reagan National Airport.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

Crystal City was designed during Matthias Hollwich’s partnership at Hollwich Kushner Architecture DPC, where Matthias acted as principal and lead designer.

 

Status  DESIGN

Type  RESIDENTIAL

Location  CRYSTAL CITY, ARLINGTON, VA

Client  VORNADO

Size  900,000 FT2

Scope  CONCEPT

Architect of Record  WDG