Tallest Building in Reston: Beacon for Future Town Center Development

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At 330 feet — or 23 stories — Reston’s tallest building will soar skyward in the near future.

The new office tower, located at 1760 Reston Parkway at the corner of Bowman Towne Drive, will rise 115 feet higher than any other building at the nearby Reston Town Center, say developers Akridge and RTC Development.

While this building was first approved in 2012, the Board of Supervisors signed off on architectural changes Tuesday that add to the tower’s distinctive design.

The glass-clad high-rise will replace an existing five-story office building known as the Town Center Office Building. The new 418,900-square foot building may include 25,000-square feet of retail or restaurants, and it incorporates an attached six-level parking garage with a public terrace on top.

“1760,” as developers are currently calling the project, features floor-to ceiling glass with 9.5-foot ceilings, offering panoramic views from the Blue Ridge Mountains to downtown D.C.

 

Atrium

The building’s entrance will be a distinctive six-story glass atrium, facing the corner of Bowman Towne Drive and Reston Parkway. Wavy, ribbon-like panels will dress the balconies overlooking the atrium, adding to the space’s drama and dynamism. The atrium will be “lantern like,” especially when lit at night, say developers.

 

Terraces

1760 will be topped with a private rooftop terrace and a 2,500-square foot green roof. The terrace will be enclosed with 35-foot glass screen as a shield against strong winds, but there will be an opening at the west side with a direct view of Reston Town Center.

The terrace includes

  • lush plantings
  • outdoor seating
  • a trellis on the west side to provide shaded seating
  • enclosed event space with a pantry and restrooms

 

Reston Town Center North

1760 will join the approved redevelopment of the 1990s-era Spectrum shopping center that flanks the building on the north and south.

The strip mall with big box stores will eventually become a 774,879-square foot mixed use development with up to 1,422 apartments, a 270-room hotel, and shops.

Both 1760 and Spectrum belong to an area that our land use planners call Reston Town Center North. This approximately 88-acre area is planned for more mixed use development, taking advantage of its proximity to the future Reston Town Center Metro station.

Last year, the Board of Supervisors approved updates to the land use plan for Reston’s approximately 7,000 acres—an area about half size of Arlington County. The plan envisions more housing overall and greater mixed used development around the three Silver Line stations that are part of rail line’s second phase: Wiehle-Reston East, Reston Town Center and Herndon.

The town center station will become Reston’s “downtown” Metro stop, offering shopping and housing. The area around this station could be home to 5.5 million square feet in office development and 5,600 housing units in total, counting existing, approved or new development. Urban plazas and a larger park are planned for festivals, community gathering spots and recreation. This new area will complement the existing development in the Reston Town Center urban core.

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