In West Philadelphia, a major project is bound to change University City in a dramatic way. Developed by developed by Brandywine Realty Trust, Schuylkill Yards includes one building that has already been completed, with the rest in the beginning stages of construction or site preparation. The project, located next to 30th Street Station, has a master plan with multiple buildings, though only four have had their final designs released to the public. The completed Bulletin Building renovation, the 512-foot-tall and 3001 John F. Kennedy Boulevard, and the the 361-foot-tall 3025 John F. Kennedy Boulevard were designed by the Practice for Architecture and Urbanism, while the 226-foot-tall 3151 Market Street was designed by SHoP Architects. The below massing renderings were designed by Philly YIMBY to illustrate the impact of the buildings on the future skyline.
When the buildings are complete, they will create a spiral skyline effect that rises up to the tallest building. If the supertall that was shown in illustrations and models in 2016 will be built, the effect will be enhanced, as the tower looks to be double the height of the red Schuylkill Yards tower. The buildings will tower around the new park in front of the Bulletin Building, dominating to the west and north sides of the 1.3-acre public space.
In the skyline, 3025 John F. Kennedy Boulevard and 3001 John F. Kennedy Boulevard will be the most dominant of the finalized proposals. The Bulletin Building and 3151 Market Street will be hidden from good skyline views due to their height, but 3001 John F. Kennedy will stand out the most as it is the tallest building and as will be clad with red metal.
The project has been under construction since 2018, and there will be more years of construction to come. The potential completion date could be by 2035.