New renderings have been revealed for the Schuylkill Yards megadevelopment situated on the western bank of the Schuylkill River in University City, West Philadelphia. The project has been in planning for years, and construction has finished on the Bulletin Building as well as Drexel Square, the first phase and center point for the development. Earlier this year, construction timelines were announced for three more proposed towers. Now, developer Brandywine Realty has unveiled more renderings with updated designs.
A 185-foot, 14-story tower planned at 3151 Market Street will feature ground-floor retail and office and laboratory space on the upper floors. The new renderings show design changes from the original unveiled a few months back. The façade formerly featured orange highlights, which have now been updated to a light blue/turquoise color, with expanded windows. Angled projections provide an eye-catching and sleek touch. Expansive glass surfaces at the ground level will provide ample natural light, and trees and public seating next to the building will create a welcoming, pedestrian-friendly street scale that will help attract more foot traffic to the building’s retail tenants.
New renderings have also been shared for 3001 and 3025 John F. Kennedy Boulevard. The 512-foot-tall, 34-story 3001 John F. Kennedy Boulevard, designed by Practice for Architecture and Urbanism, will feature a unique design with staggered sections, made even more distinctive with its bright red cladding between the floor-to-ceiling windows. The 361-foot-tall, 28-story 3025 John F. Kennedy Boulevard Boulevard has also received slight design changes, consisting of a sleek residential section sitting atop a large podium with office and commercial space. It is slated to be the first of the three proposed towers to break ground.
A notable design change can be found on the ground level, which previously featured art-deco style archways. This time, the architects took a more conventional approach with brick piers framing floor-to-ceiling windows for the retail and commercial spaces. 3001 JFK also featured these grand archways in its original design, though it is unknown whether the feature has been revised for that tower, as well.
3025 John F. Kennedy Boulevard has a scheduled completion date in the first quarter of 2023. 3001 John F. Kennedy Boulevard has an estimated groundbreaking in mid-2023 after 3025 JFK hits its scheduled completion. No official opening date is known, although some time in 2026 is realistic.