Last Wednesday, the Rosslyn BID's Urban Design Committee (UDC) enjoyed a sneak peek of the Central Place observation deck courtesy of our friends at JBG SMITH. Although the 12,000 square-foot space is not scheduled to open to the public until late summer 2018, we were still able to get a feel for what it will be like. Since the UDC was involved in bringing the observation deck to Rosslyn as a community benefit provided by the developer, being able to experience it and see it come to fruition was especially gratifying.
Parks and green spaces are popular public benefits that developers provide to neighborhoods. We like to think of the observation deck as Rosslyn's "public space in the sky."
The views, as you might imagine, are spectacular. The sky was clear and the weather brisk last Wednesday, but from our sheltered indoor perch we enjoyed an unobstructed view of the Mall, the U.S. Capitol and the Pentagon. There's also a good view up the hill toward Courthouse in Arlington.
The indoor space, which we aren't able to show you yet, felt warm and welcoming. In November, the Washington Business Journal reported that JBG SMITH had hired Legends to manage hospitality services for the observation deck's indoor portion. Legends handles the indoor experiential piece at One World Trade Center in New York, which features interactive historical displays. The observation deck here in Rosslyn will have a bar offering snacks and light fare. There will likely be other components, as well, but these haven't been decided yet. From indoors, visitors will be able to take in the view while enjoying drinks and food at a seating area. We also got to experience the outdoor cantilevered balcony, which was another great vantage point.
We accessed the observation deck from the service elevator, but once it opens, visitors will be able to access it via a glass-enclosed elevator that ascends from outside the building. It promises an interesting perspective and will definitely be a great place for a drink, a date or a tour with out-of-town visitors. Stay tuned!
To view more photos of the observation deck's spectacular views, click here.