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Amazon PenPlace plans in Arlington include nature-infused double helix tower

Amazon construction plans in Arlington, Virginia, made public Tuesday include a 350-foot-tall corkscrew tower with a nature trail on the outside that follows the building’s curves as it reaches toward the sky.
The PenPlace project aims to create a community uniting people and nature within an 18-hour district, according to John Schoettler, Amazon’s vice president of real estate and facilities.
“We want these spaces to be lively and energetic, not only during the day when all of the Amazon employees are there, but also in the evenings and on weekends — that’s super important to us,” Schoettler said.
The PenPlace site roughly flanks Interstate 395, taking up the block extending along Army Navy Drive between South Fern Street and South Eads Street. The southern perimeter runs between those streets along 12th Street South.
The goal is for PenPlace to open in 2025.
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