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Center Stage

A performing arts venue debuts in Tysons

A walkable urban hub is taking shape in busy, car-centric Tysons, Virginia. Capital One Center, home to the bank’s global headquarters, is a 24.5-acre, mixed-use redevelopment anchored by shops, restaurants, a hotel and more. At its heart is Capital One Hall, a 149,000-square-foot arts and events venue conceived by the DC office of Minneapolis design firm HGA. The four-story, marble-clad structure, punctuated by vertical windows embedded to reflect light into the building, features four levels and a rooftop park with a stage.

Inside, public spaces include a 225-seat black box theater and a 57-foot-tall atrium that hosts everything from conferences to concerts and Broadway productions. With 1,600 seats, the Main Theater (above) is the largest performance space. Sections are vertically stacked to provide clear sightlines and proximity to the stage. HGA project designer Nat Madson notes that “a rich palette of interior finishes” details the theater. “Sculptural walnut millwork frames the seating chambers while brass-colored metal panels, folded and perforated to meet stringent acoustic criteria, line the room and surround the proscenium.”

Capital One Hall recently won an IIDA award for its interior spaces. The building is awaiting LEED Gold certification.

Architecture & Interior Design: Scott Cryer, AIA, LEEP AP BD+C, project manager; Michael Koch, AIA, NCARB, project architect; Nat Madson, AIA, project designer, HGA, Washington, DC. Construction: Whiting Turner, Arlington, Virginia.

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