WeWork: WeLive: Crystal City / Perkins Eastman

WeWork: WeLive: Crystal City

Arlington, Virginia
As Architect of Record, Perkins Eastman transformed one of the original Crystal City office buildings into a vibrant, co-living, micro-unit residential building—WeLive Crystal City, which is part of creative platform and shared workspace provider WeWork. The top two floors of this 12-story building, owned by Vornado/Charles E. Smith, are WeWork offices. The nine floors below have been imaginatively converted into WeLive apartments. These 216 micro-units are a mix of spaces from studios to four-bedroom units.

Multipurpose communal spaces range from fully-equipped chef's kitchens to cozy living spaces and laundry rooms with arcade games. In addition to shared spaces, "members" can relax in reading nooks, grab a cup of joe at fully-stocked coffee bars, or buy a late night snack at the "Honesty Market". Members access their units, communicate with each other, and pay for concierge services through a mobile app.

Creating a vibrant live/work community presented an opportunity to think about the way physical space brings neighbors together and fosters friendships. Clustering floors, connecting them with stairs, and linking them with amenities creates smaller "neighborhoods" within the larger community.

Each unit is fully furnished with a Murphy bed, linens, towels, dishes, cutlery, a Bose speaker system that supports AirPlay and Bluetooth, high definition televisions, and premium cable and high-speed Internet connections. Both WeWork and WeLive are pet-friendly, offer catered dining options, and have an outdoor garden for all to enjoy.

Just as open floor plans in offices spur spontaneous interactions among co-workers, shared amenity spaces at WeLive encourage neighbors to meet, mingle, and build a community.
AWARDS
NAOIP Northern Virginia, Award of Excellence (2016)
ENR Regional Awards, Mid-Atlantic, Award of Merit, Interior Design (2016)