YIMBY recently went on a hard hat tour of the highest currently accessible floor of Arthaus, a 47-story residential skyscraper on the verge of topping out at 311 South Broad Street in Washington Square West,…
The sixth-tallest project on Philly YIMBY’s Annual December Countdown is the most visible development currently under construction in Philadelphia. Arthaus at 311 South Broad Street in Washington Square West, Center City, has already made a major impact on the skyline as it nears topping out at its eventual height of 542 feet and 45 stories (though the marketing material describes the building as 47 stories tall). The building is designed by Kohn Pendersen Fox, the globally renowned firm that also designed the 792-foot-tall BNY Mellon Center, the city’s fifth-tallest building, and is developed by Dranoff Properties. The building will feature 108 condominium apartments. Philly YIMBY’s recent site visit revealed busy activity at the site, with cladding going up and workers moving back and forth on the site.
The Philadelphia skyline continues its two-decade-long process of extending southward, with two 500-foot-plus towers proposed to be south of Chestnut Street in the past few years. At 311 South Broad Street in the Avenue of the Arts district, across from the Kimmel Center, Arthaus is rapidly rising with installation of rebar and concrete pours. Since the last YIMBY update in August the tower has risen over 20 stories, currently standing at 28 stories and nearly 400 feet to the top of the core, more than halfway to its eventual 542-foot, 47-story height. The blocky tower with a glass curtain wall was designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox and developed by Dranoff Properties, which revived the taller hotel proposal, cancelled after SLS International Hotel pulled out, as a 108-unit condominium.
The city of Philadelphia has been booming recently with skyscrapers and buildings of all shapes and sizes. While most of the new buildings have been proposed and built in Center City, the skyline is extending in all directions. The skyline made its first significant leap across the Schuylkill River back in 2005 with the 437-foot, 29-story Cira Centre; now, the area boasts three towers over 400 feet all within a few blocks of one another. The district may soon add a new supertall at the site of Schuylkill Yards, as seen on SHOP Architects renderings from 2016 (though the tower has been excluded from recent renderings).
Kohn Pendersen Fox’s 47-story, 542-foot Arthaus condominium at 311 South Broad Street is rapidly rising to join the Center City skyline. The 108-unit tower, developed by by Dranoff Properties and constructed by Hunter Roberts Construction Group, currently stands at 13 stories and is rising at about 2 floors per week, with an address at 311 S Broad Street, a few blocks south of City Hall. The tower was originally projected to top out this fall, though at this time the target looks closer to the end of the year or early 2021.