Arlington County Council has unanimously approved Amazon’s plans to build a unique propeller-shaped tower as the centerpiece of its emerging second headquarters in Northern Virginia
Amazon announced plans for the eye-catching 350ft tower in February 2021 to anchor the second phase of its redevelopment plans. The new office towers will support a second headquarters for Amazon which is expected to accommodate more than 25,000 workers when completed.
The Helix is one of many approved office towers, but the Helix stands out. The spiral design features a passable ramp wrapping around the building with trees and greenery planted to resemble a mountain hike.
Amazon said the building is designed to help people connect with nature and outdoor rock climbing will be open to the public on weekends.
Since then, the plans have gone through Arlington County’s famous extensive review process, including numerous public hearings. Earlier this month, the county planning commission voted 9-0 to support the project.
On Saturday, the county council voted 5-0 to approve the plans. They also include park space and will house a community secondary school, as well as retail on the ground floor.
Amazon said it hopes to complete the project in 2025.
Because high-rises are banned in the District of Columbia and Amazon buildings will be among the tallest in Arlington County, from some vantage points the helix will dominate the area’s skyline like no building other than the Washington Monument.