Loudoun County, VA

Rivana at Innovation Station

Infusing Modern Life With Pastoral Moments




Novais; The Hanover Company


Master Planned Communities, Mixed Use


Landscape Architecture, Master Planning

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A Balancing Act of Nature Within Urbanism

This new mixed-use development is only one Metro stop from Dulles Airport but blends well with its natural features, touting a sophisticated open space network.

Rivana at Innovation Station is a 103-acre mixed use development that embraces both the bucolic, agrarian country charm of Loundoun County as well as its thriving, urban technological hubs. LandDesign provided master planning and landscape architecture services in establishing a sustainable framework for the community, which for Phase I plans for over 250,000 square feet of retail and creative office space, 1.8 million square feet of office space, 2,000 multi-family units, and a 265-key lifestyle hotel. By intertwining natural open spaces with concentrated urban districts, the community fosters an emotionally restorative environment where people have the opportunity to slow down, connect, and re-center themselves. A natural swale valley is the focal point of the western portion of Rivana, bio-retained to create the 11-acre Horsepen Park, which features a live creek, nature trails, playgrounds, a dog park, and an outdoor amphitheater. To the East, a path weaving through dramatic boulder outcroppings, aptly named Boulder Ridge, connects the Innovation Center Station to Rivana Village. The Village Plaza offers shady outdoor courtyards and patios that spill onto lawns that feel social, communal, and village-like. This sophisticated network illustrates how the needs of 21st century development can work with, and not against, the environment by preserving and enriching the site’s natural features in an act of balancing nature with urbanism.