Earlier this month, YIMBY reported that Philadelphia is poised for a record year of construction in 2022. Low- and mid-rise projects, the type that will provide much-needed housing units by the thousands, comprise the bulk of new development. However, the city is also slated to gain a crop of new high-rises that will further boost the already iconic skyline. In recent weeks, we published several compilations, such as the December 2021 Development Countdown and two lists tallying up the current tallest under-construction and proposed projects. Today, we put them all together and add bonus content to create the Ultimate 2022 Philadelphia Skyline Rundown, which tallies the 30-plus tallest buildings that are under construction or proposed as of the start of this year. To avoid covering too much familiar ground, we added new features to each entry, such as quick facts, featured stories, project contractors (when applicable), and extra photos and renderings, some of which YIMBY has not yet shared before. Read on for our Top 30 list, which makes for Philly YIMBY’s most comprehensive development article to date.
December 2021 Development Countdown
The 1st place on Philadelphia YIMBY’s December Countdown December 2021 Development Countdown goes to Harper Square at 113-21 South 19th Street in Rittenhouse Square, Center City. Designed by DAS Architecture and Planning and developed by Pearl Properties, the slender skyscraper will rise 620 feet and 52 stories tall. The 267,874-square-foot structure will hold 215 residential units and 30,180 square feet of commercial space and incorporate existing historic buildings into the base. The development will include 30,180 square feet of commercial space at the lower floors and 183 residential units above.
The 2nd place on Philadelphia YIMBY’s December Countdown December 2021 Development Countdown goes to The Laurel Rittenhouse at 1911 Walnut Street in Rittenhouse Square, Center City. Designed by Solomon Cordwell Buenz and developed by the Southern Land Company, with the Harman Group as the structural engineer and the Hunter Roberts Construction Group as the contractor, the building now stands 599 feet and 48 stories tall, making it the ninth-tallest skyscraper in Philadelphia and the tallest residential building in Center City. The all-residential building will offer 185 rental units and 64 luxury condominiums.
The 4th place on Philly YIMBY’s December 2021 Development Countdown goes to 1826 Chestnut Street in Rittenhouse Square, Center City. News of the apparently conceptual proposal come from SkyscraperPage user Fairmount Fellow, who spotted proposal images in a presentation they were privy to. No permits have yet been filed, yet images show a floor count of around 42 stories, and its location next to the recently proposed skyscraper at 113-121 South 19th Street suggests a height of around 550 feet. The images include a partial logo of Goodman Properties, which has a page for the building on its website. It is unclear whether Goodman intends to develop the building as pictured or if it is a conceptual presentation intended to attract investors or development partners.
The 4th place on Philly YIMBY’s December 2021 Development Countdown goes to Arthaus, a 542-foot-tall, 47-story condominium high-rise under construction at 311 South Broad Street in Washington Square West, Center City. Designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox and developed by Dranoff Properties, with INTECH Construction as the contractor, the tower will offer 108 condo units, serviced by an extensive amenity package, as well as ground-level retail and underground parking.