The 599-foot-tall Laurel Rittenhouse Square skyscraper at 1911 Walnut Street at Rittenhouse Square in Center City has hit another major milestone as the concrete structure has risen above the 27th floor, which will feature amenity space and a pool. Designed by Solomon Cordwell Buenz and developed by the Southern Land Company, the future 48-story tower, which rises just to the northwest of Rittenhouse Square Park, is now passing the plateau of buildings that surround the seven-acre green space. The project will include 160 rental apartments and 85 luxury condominiums as well as retail.
The Laurel Rittenhouse Square
The concrete structure of The Laurel Rittenhouse Square at 1911 Walnut Street, a condominium that will soon dominate Rittenhouse Square, has reached the halfway point. Designed by Solomon Cordwell Buenz and developed by Southern Land Company, the 599-foot-tall, 48-story tower rises just to the northwest of Rittenhouse Square Park. The building replaces a grassy lot to the south and a parking lot to the north. The structure will house 185 rental apartments and 60 condominium units. A three-story structure with retail space and a gym will rise north of the tower. The tower sets back three times from Walnut Street, with the final shape stepping back on all four sides toward a crown where cross-bracing will light up at night.
The third-tallest building on Philly YIMBY’s Annual December Countdown is The Laurel, which is rising at 1911 Walnut Street in Rittenhouse Square, Center City, just to the northwest of Rittenhouse Square Park. The reinforced concrete structure currently stands around one-third of its eventual height of 599 feet and 48 stories. The building will feature 185 rental units as well as 60 condo units at the top. The $300-million tower was designed by Solomon Cordwell Buenz, which has designed many buildings around the city, and developed by the Southern Land Company, which has been trying to redevelop the site into a residential skyscraper for over a decade.
Philadelphia’s tallest currently under-construction building continues to rise at 1911 Walnut Street, where the Southern Land Company is erecting The Laurel Rittenhouse Square, a 599-foot-tall tower that will dramatically transform the neighborhood skyline. The 48-story tower, designed by Solomon Cordwell Buenz, will add 185 rental apartments and 60 condo units. Since the last YIMBY update in early August, the skyscraper has only climbed only three levels, now reaching six stories, but progress should move faster now that the structurally challenging portion at the cantilever is nearing completion.
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).