Approaching the newly completed office building at 1525 Wilson Blvd. in Rosslyn, one thing comes to mind: That the gray building with its subtle purple detailing is decidedly different from the typical Rosslyn office fare.
Fronting the building on a plaza, two 35-foot-tall, brightly painted and slightly controversial aluminum dancers have recently been erected. The building is also set at a sharp angle on the property, creating what a spokesman for architect Keyes Condon Florance called "a public, urban space that reverses the process of boxing everyone in."
"It's a downtown-quality building in Rosslyn," said Robert Palley, project manager for Kaempfer Cos. "It's a reflection of the fact that we are a downtown developer."
Features of the 266,336-square-foot office building include a two-story portico entrance and marble-finished lobby floors and walls.
A concierge service and fitness center are available for tenants, along with underground parking for 425 cars.
Omni Construction was general contractor for the project, where annual lease rates range from $24 to $26 per square foot.
A Safeway supermarket will be located underneath the plaza, replacing a store that was razed when construction began in December 1985. Kaempfer has been providing a shuttle bus service since then to a neighboring Safeway in Cherrydale.
Kaempfer currently has more than 2.5 million square feet of space owned, developed and managed in the Washington area, a spokesman said.