Halstead Square

Vienna, VA

In an area known for urban sprawl, we set out to create architecture that would be a catalyst for urban dwellers. Dividing the site with a new street and pedestrian promenade provides connection to the nearby Metro and surrounding neighborhood. The new street and landscape design are defined by a combination of shops, cafes, and walk-up units that invite shared use by neighbors and commuters. The street is purposely on grade with the promenade to respect the pedestrian experience, and when closed to auto traffic, the enlarged open space accommodates festivals, fairs, and community events.

The architecture of this compact, mixed-use community is a catalyst for urban dwellers. The design brought a new style of architecture to the area by using contemporary materials, bold colors, and modern details which attracted a new demographic and stimulating growth. The designers and client were challenged by the recent economic slow-down and in an effort to maximize density and keep construction costs low, five stories of wood were constructed over concrete podium. Utilizing these building code changes the team was able to build a dense transit-oriented community with contemporary, cost efficient design.

Many units feature floor to ceiling glass thus, in areas with a high concentration of glass, fins and frames protrude from the building acting as a brise soleil to reduce solar heat gain while providing natural light and views.

The four buildings offer a wide variety of designs that include contemporary studios, more traditional one and two bedroom units, as well as ground level units that directly access the main street and promenade. Open floor plans and floor to ceiling windows create an open, airy aesthetic.

The buildings include generous, innovative amenity spaces that allows residents to have it all, whether they stay in the town center or walk out into surrounding area. Spaces include an indoor basketball court, fitness center, library, computer center, theater, bowling alley, and multiple entertainment lounges. Outdoors amenities are encompassed in a series of furnished courtyards that include an outdoor movie screen, pools, fireplaces, a horseshoe pit, and a bacce court. Residents are less auto-dependent by the inclusion of on-site zip car, bike storage, and the abundance of on-site recreation options.

Urban Design

The Rockwell – Completed 2012
The Lofts – Completed 2013
The Lotus – Completed 2013
The Lanes – Completed 2015

680,500 SF Residential
55,000 SF Retail
854 Apartments

Construction Type
IIIA + IA Wood Construction