BALLSTON QUARTER ORIGIN
VIKA (civil engineer)
STUDIOS Architecture (interiors)
Origin is a 22-story mixed-use residential apartment building located in the Ballston Quarter district of Arlington, VA. The landscape scope for this project includes an active retail streetscape; a paved retail mews; a large amenity terrace with areas for dining, grilling, exercise, and informal activities; and a rooftop terrace with a swimming pool, a dog run, and an area for parties and informal activities.
On the ground level, the streetscape and mews areas are designed to accommodate intensive outdoor dining and associated retail activities. They extend the materiality and spatial organization of their counterparts in the adjacent Ballston Quarter retail mall project. The building’s third floor houses a large amenity terrace which, designed in concert with the adjacent interior amenity space, is conceived of as a series of three densely-programmed spaces organized around the tower footprint. The terrace includes a series of flexible seating spaces overlooking North Randolph Street and an intimate outdoor lounge area with sculptural seating elements and a large wood feature wall. The largest zone is conceived of as a garden, anchored by a grove of American Hornbeam trees which shelter two intimate dining terraces, an outdoor fireplace, an informal play space, and an exercise terrace.
Located on the twenty second floor of the building, the rooftop terrace acts as a sunny counterpoint to the shaded third floor garden below. The LAB design team carefully coordinated with the architect and structural engineer to provide extra depth between the terrace and the structural slab below in order to accommodate the depth of the swimming pool. The same interstitial space also provides needed soil depth for the trees located on the terrace and houses mechanical equipment that services building functions. The pool terrace also includes a series of semi-private cabanas, hanging swing chairs, and playful hammocks.