brightview dulles corner

Brightview Dulles Corner is a 196-unit, 268,000 square foot retirement community. It provides Independent Living, Assisted Living, and Memory Care. It’s located in the heart of a Transit Oriented Urban Development Near Dulles Airport in Northern Virginia. Dulles Corner was designed to maximize senior residents’ interaction with the surrounding community and promote independence through the walkable adjacent downtown as well as provide safe and easy transport to farther locations in the Washington DC area without using a car. Brightview’s ambitions for Dulles Corner went well beyond taking advantage of the idea location, however. Like all of Brightview’s recent communities, the building was to be location specific, memorable architecture with as small a carbon footprint as possible. All this needed to be achieved within a reasonable budget so that the average residents of the area could afford to live there.

Herndon, VA
Date of Completion:
Project Size (Sq. ft)
268,021 SF
Brightview Senior Living
Brightview Senior Living
Hord Coplan Macht
Interior Design Firm:
Aumen Asner
Donohoe Construction Company

With an entrance at street level, and amenities a level above, a grand stair was designed to connect the two activity zones.

Common room spaces were designed to create multitudes of options. Spaces include the active and lively, the quiet and reflective, and everything in between. Here, residents can comfortably sit by the fire with a book, or work to complete a puzzle.

The mail room is the social hub of the building. Featuring cubbies, package storage and mail, the mail room basics are paired with casual seating, reading desks and a business center. Residents gather, socialize or just sit and watch city life from the window.

Activities await at the top of the staircase. The bar and casual dining are adjacent and connect to outdoor gardens.

The reception desk graciously greets guests. To the left is a casual café, and to the right leads to the fitness and wellness center. The grand stair shields the garage beyond, and leads to second floor dining rooms, bars, and game rooms.

Multiple dining rooms feature destination dining, as well as a wide variety of seating options.

The main dining room is fronted by floor to ceiling glass. Outdoor dining is readily available on the adjacent roof deck. A private dining room offers flexible options and can open to the main dining through sliding glass doors. Decorative wine storage creates a glamourous touch, setting the tone for wine pairing events.

A well-appointed bar is the center of this community. Authentic features like beer taps, glass storage and bespoke drinks all enliven daily happy hours. Private liquor cabinets are provided to store resident’s personal vintages. Decorative ceiling treatments and exposed brick walls provide echoes of the exterior aesthetic.

Light-filled bedrooms feature dramatic floor to ceiling windows and provide expansive views of the neighborhood and the Blue Ridge Mountains beyond. All apartments include considerable closet space. Barrier-free showers provide resident convenience.

Built-in shelving in Assisted Living studios provides seniors the opportunity to add their own personal touches. Just beyond, a granite desk features open shelving above. Desks afford the tech-savvy senior a landing zone for their computers.

Well-designed living rooms flow into a fully-appointed open kitchen. A movable island provides flexibility in layout and seating options. A built-in wet-bar creates a luxurious addition. The kitchen also includes a full suite of cutting-edge appliances.

Memory Care apartments utilize visual queuing and pocket doors for ease of bathroom use.

A yoga room adjoins the weight room and can be closed off during classes. With staffing at a premium and technologies improving, the room’s technology system is designed to accommodate on-demand fitness classes. By opening the fitness room up to outside views and providing visibility from the amenity corridors, this community demonstrates its commitment to wellness. Extensive glass and site lines allow for a more inviting space to exercise.

The game room includes a variety of gaming options. The space serves as theater and bar overflow.

A turf dog park has provided intergenerational opportunities for senior residents. Seniors enjoy having a secure dog friendly zone for their pets.

Bocce courts are a low impact sport that seniors love. Adjacent seating provides a comfortable viewing zone. The bocce courts are accessed through the game room.