Groundbreaking for Rosslyn Office Tower

by ARLnow.com October 14, 2010 at 1:45 pm 2,454 18 Comments

Developers and local officials gathered in Rosslyn today to celebrate the groundbreaking of 1812 North Moore Street, the 35-story office tower that, when completed in early 2013, will be the tallest building in the DC area.

  • LP

    Somewhat of a disappointing looking building considering it’s going to be the tallest building in the DC area. Reminds me of the DIA building in Clarendon to a certain degree.

  • el fat kid

    yeah… looks like a 21st century version of clarendon’s ugly spaceship building.

  • Juanita de Talmas

    I guess an empty office building is better than an empty lot (full of standing water).

  • shirley

    all good points and i agree. it looks EXACTLY like 3100 Clarendon.
    here is another building it looks just like:
    If you look at the public record you will see that Chris Zimmerman personally designed this building by telling the world-class architect what to do to get it approved. And he doesn’t even have an architecture degree.

  • Lou

    I agree it is not much. Kind of a Philip Johnson-esque 80’s rehash with a shiny skin.

    The Central Place towers, right across the street, are spectacular looking by comparison, and will become the de facto signature to Rosslyn’s skyline when they are built.

    Funny, the two project’s renderings never show the other building. This tower will be visible between Central Place’s towers, and the whole might actually look better than the parts.

    • Juanita de Talmas

      IF they are built.

  • a’town

    it’ll look good in 10 years and terrible in 30 years

  • ElSolar

    yeah, but are they putting solar on it like this? http://goo.gl/PtEL

  • Jason S

    It would be a lot more fun if the building actually were on a giant cake.

    • Nick


  • Greg

    Wow. What an ugly building. To borrow from my grandfather, it’s like some sort of tomb where you expect to be attacked by a mummy. Given that it will be the tallest building in the area, you’d think the architect would have drawn some sort of inspiration. But, no. …just the continued disappointment of contemporary American architecture.

  • Jack

    wow – so much negativity. i’m excited that apparently the commercial construction market is returning to the county. those are so good jobs and good growth. now if only VA would change the unnecessary and restrictive regulations that keep out big law firms… we’d be in real business.

    • Robert Paulson

      I am Jack’s conservative impulse.

  • ElSolar

    yeah, but are they putting solar on it like this?? http://goo.gl/PtEL

  • Jamie Diamond

    the commercial construction market is returning to the county

    LOL. Dream on, honey.

  • MC

    I have learned not to trust architectural renderings, as they don’t capture the materials or the environmental context realistically. Some of the keys will be how does the façade look under different lighting conditions, how will the building appear from different vantages, what kinds of night lighting will there be? I imagine it will seem to fit in more once the Central Place buildings are built.

  • Jezebel

    considering the newsprint and bytes being expended celebrating that this will be tallest building in the metro area for a while … and yes i’m leading to allusions of phallic symbols so exalted by the poor architects and developers … this gal is glad to see that the building has GIRTH, which, as we all know, is really more important than length/height

  • Mittendorf

    The architect who designed this building submitted designs that were more progressive and exciting but the County requested design changes and the result is what you see. Of course, budget also is a factor, esp in these economic times. When they tell you that you have x amount to work with, you can only do so much to create a masterpiece.


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