3151 Market Brings New Hues To Schuylkill Views, University City

3151 Market Street from Brandywine Realty Trust

It’s no secret that Schuylkill Yards is bound to change the University City skyline, but what is kept secret is the development at Schuylkill Yards until they’re revealed. The mega development was unveiled at the beginning of summer 2016 with out-of-this-world proposals, but it turns out they were all placeholders, since 3001 and 3025 John F. Kennedy Boulevard were officially unveiled last year. Fast forward to 2020, and 3151 Market Street has also been formally revealed, and it will stand 185 feet tall.

Current site of Schuylkill Yards, 3151 Market will be in the center of the frame. Photo by Thomas Koloski

The site of the new building is currently occupied by a one-story Santander Bank building, which will soon be demolished. Though the extant structure is still standing, the Santander Bank logos were removed in July. By the judgement of one rendering, the building could stretch to John F. Kennedy Boulevard, but the sole image of the project shows 3101 Market in the background.

As rendered, the tower has a very basic shape, and the south face has the most interesting feature. While the entire building is a block, the southern side has a triangular shaped terrace every two floors, except for the bottom and top. The southwest edge of the first two floors is pushed in on the west side to make an angled entrance, while the top two floors feature the same shape but reversed. The cladding in this component should be visually interesting as the yellow interspersed with metal panels should add significant vibrancy.

The building is anticipated to be complete by 2024.

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3 Comments on "3151 Market Brings New Hues To Schuylkill Views, University City"

  1. Just like the old American Commerce Center proposal, I’m not holding my breath for the entire Schuylkill Yards propels and it lags in design and architecture compared to the much larger Hudson Yards project in NYC. Just another miss that Philadelphia is going to have to deal with in the upcoming future if this is built. I liked the older proposals better and Philadelphia is becoming known as a city with no vision.

    • Huh? Probably should have thought your comment through more. American Commerce Center was replaced by the Comcast Technology Center which was designed by Lord Norman Foster and is a much more elegant building. Also, you’ll notice that 3151 appears to be separate from the Schuylkill Yards master plan. So, I’d recommend to stop holding your breath, open your eyes and breathe a bit..

      • The ACC was much more artistic, elegant, gorgeous, and graceful than the CITC will ever be. It’s a shame it never got built. Plus 3151 Market is a part of SY, just check out the SY website. Either way, I’m not holding my breath anyways because when it comes to architecture (with the exception of the Laurel and the Arthaus), Philadelphia is disappointing!

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