Amazon construction plans in Arlington, Virginia, made public Tuesday include a 350-foot-tall corkscrew tower with a nature trail on the outside that follows the building’s curves as it reaches toward the sky. The PenPlace project aims to create a community uniting people and nature within an 18-hour district, according to John Schoettler, Amazon’s vice president of real estate and facilities.
According to wtop.com, “The PenPlace site roughly flanks Interstate 395, taking up the block extending along Army Navy Drive between South Fern Street and South Eads Street. The southern perimeter runs between those streets along 12th Street South. All trucks and deliveries will access underground facilities from Army Navy Drive. There will be 2,100 underground parking spaces for vehicles. Dedicated bike lanes on surrounding streets will lead to street level ride-in, ride-out bike facilities with more than 950 bike spaces.”
As per wtop.com, “The double-helix design of the building includes two outside terraces planted with trees and foliage native to Virginia’s Shenandoah mountain range. Every floor in the building has the ability to connect to both paths. Two times a month, the public will be invited to The Helix, which will also permanently host artists-in-residence creating work alongside Amazon staffers. The goal is for PenPlace to open in 2025.”