FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) – On Saturday, the Arlington County Board unanimously approved Amazon’s plans to build a unique, helix-shaped tower as the centerpiece of its new Northern Virginia headquarters.
Amazon announced plans in February 2021 for the eye-catching 350-foot tower to anchor the second phase of its redevelopment plans. The new office towers will support another Amazon headquarters, which is expected to welcome more than 25,000 employees when completed.
The helix is one of several approved office towers, but the helix stands out. The spiral design has a walkable ramp that wraps around the building with trees and greenery planted to look like a mountain hike.
Amazon has said the building is designed to help people connect with nature, and the outdoor mountaineering will be open to the public this weekend.
Since then, the plans have undergone the famous thorough review of Arlington County, including several 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 parking space and will house a municipal high school along with retail on the ground floor.
Amazon has said they hope to complete the project by 2025.
Because skyscrapers are banned in the District of Columbia, and Amazon buildings will be among the tallest in Arlington County, the helix from some vantage points will dominate the region’s skyline like no other building than the Washington Monument.