Five creative architectural structures coming to Philadelphia in the next 25 years
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520 Carpenter Lane
Imagine Mount Airy as a green oasis. Designed by Re:Vision architects, this clean, LEED-certified multiuse building will soon occupy 520 Carpenter Lane. The Seibert brothers of Bancroft Green, developers responsible for the only green multihome development in Center City, are planning to open a 25-unit condo and coworking space where they will move their headquarters. A public courtyard and garden will round out the scenic offerings. Plans are for a Passivhaus design to consolidate energy use among the units, placing this edgy complex in line with leading German and Scandinavian low-energy construction.
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2100 Hamilton Street
Close to the Rodin Museum, an 11-story luxury high-rise may soon stand at 21st and Hamilton. A recent hearing with a subcommittee of the Philadelphia Art Commission introduced a revised plan that would set the Cross Properties and Barton Properties building father back - 89 feet, at closest range - from the Beaux-Arts style art institution. But discussions are not yet complete. The 120-unit complex targets the upper crust of millenials and retirees, with apartments on Hamilton Street just across from Whole Foods, a restaurant and outdoor cafe, roof deck and 40-space underground parking lot. The limestone of the ground floor is intended as a modern take on the exterior of the Rodin. But can a seamless transition to reality be made?
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Philadelphia Pennsylvania Temple
The Mormon church is on the rise in Logan Square. Construction of Philadelphia Pennsylvania Temple, a parking lot turned worship center for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, broke ground in 2011 at 18th and Vine, not far from the Roman Catholic Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul. It is expected to be completed by 2016. Its striking design features two ordinance rooms and double rooftop spires, 200 feet high, one topped by a gilded statue of the Angel Moroni. A granite facade is being added, each block individually numbered. Interior decor will mimic the 18th century stylings of Independence Hall. But the expansion doesn't stop there: A 32-story apartment tower and meetinghouse are also taking shape a few blocks away. With a state population of roughly 50,000 devotees, there's still room to grow.
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Philadelphia Museum of Art
See the Philadelphia Museum of Art in a new, quiet light. While its exterior will remain largely as it is, a Master Plan spanning 10-15 years from the trusted mind of Frank Gehry looks to add sunken gardens to bring natural rays into its new art galleries, the largest on the property. In the center of the U-shaped venue, a public Forum will be built. An exhibit detailing design plans was unveiled in 2014; the next Core Project phase will delve into work on the central pavilion. Once renovations are done, visitors can stroll in through the long-closed off Kelly Drive entrance, known for its vaulted archway, and directly into a brand-new 299-seat auditorium. And the famous Rocky steps? Well, plans to cut a window into the middle of the cinematic landmark have sparked controversy, but it’s what's on the inside that counts.
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Comcast Innovation and Technology Center
The Comcast Innovation and Technology Center - the tallest skyscraper in the history of Pennsylvania, and the eighth tallest in the country - is on its way up in Center City - designed by celebrated architect Lord Norman Foster. Leave it to Comcast to top the Comcast building: The landmark will stand near its sister structure at 1800 Arch Street as a 59-story glass and steel monument, complete with block-long lobby routing to Suburban Station, Four Seasons Hotel and restaurants on the top and bottom floors. Serving as HQ for media giants NBC10 Philadelphia and Telemundo, the building may also broadcast an ecocentric message by attaining LEED Platinum certification. Look out - or, up - for the most popular building in Philadelphia in 2017.