New renderings have been released for 300 North Columbus Boulevard via a Civic Design Review submission, giving an updated look at the high-rise that will stand just to the north of the Benjamin Franklin Bridge. The structure will rise 28 stories and 316 feet tall, and will be located on the north side of the Old City neighborhood, near the boundary of Center City and Northern Liberties to the north, where several projects underway and many proposals have been revealed. The building was designed by Handel Architects, which had also designed the 805-foot Madison House at 15 East 30th Street in New York City. The project is being developed by The Durst Organization, which is also developing the massive Penn’s Landing Redevelopment just to the south of the Ben Franklin Bridge.
According to the document, the site itself is historically relevant as it sits just above the streets the made the boundaries of the 1682 plan drawn out by William Penn. The slim structure above the podium floors is specifically designed to be on an angle to allow east-facing residents to look out toward the Benjamin Franklin Bridge, while the west face looks toward the Center City skyline.
The building retains the shape shown in the previous renderings, but the façade has been finalized along with plans for a park planned to the north of the structure. The curtain wall will feature a mixture of glass, metal, masonry, concrete, and louvers, with metal and glass running up to the top of the building at the east face, while the west face will be flat, with thin white glazing making a pattern of blocks.