4501 Fairfax Drive
Arlington, VA
Transwestern Highland Group
Completed 2001

202,000-sf, 9-story office building with streetfront retail.


4501 Fairfax Drive, recipient of an AIA Northern Virginia Chapter Merit Award for Architecture and a Masonry Institute Design award, is located at the periphery of the urban center of Ballston, Virginia. This office building is fully leased to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

The structure’s mass is organized as a series of discreet facades separated at each corner by recessed cantilevered curtain wall elements. These glass corners create the opportunity for remarkable light filled tenant spaces, and provide architectural contrast with the more solid, masonry rich primary facades. Tower elements and terraces at the top animate the skyline.
4501 Fairfax Drive is buffered from the sidewalk level by a four-foot podium,  incorporating  a pedestrian arcade, raised planters, and metal rails. Wide stairways lead to the arcade and building entry. The arcade is two stories high to give visibility to retail and signage at the first floor. A vertical articulated plane rises from the entry and leads the eye to the building top. This fin feature is visible for a long distance to the south, and is serves as a counterpoint to the horizontal, curved metal and glass canopy at the building base.

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