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.
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.
In Center City West, the two-tower Riverwalk development next to the Schuylkill River is steadily progressing with the 315-foot-tall, 28-story north tower topped out, and the core of the south tower rising around a quarter of its future 362-foot, 32-story height. The nearly identical towers, developed by PMC Properties and designed by Gensler, the development will bring a total of 711 residential units, with 331 residential units in the north tower and 380 units in the south tower. The pair will bring a total of over 100,000 square feet of floor space in a rapidly growing section of Center City.
The Rittenhouse Square area is poised for dramatic skyline changes in the coming years, where the 599-foot-tall Laurel is the city’s tallest under-construction building. Yesterday, a Civic Design Review document revealed Pearl Properties’ plan for a 567-foot-tall tower at 113-121 South 19th Street. The svelte, 567-foot-tall, 49-story, 267,874-square-foot skyscraper will incorporate existing historic buildings into the base and will include 30,180 square feet of commercial space at the lower floors and 183 residential units above. DAS Architecture and Planning is the project architect.
Center City West and western Logan Square have seen a flurry of recent development, transforming the area into a bustling, dense neighborhood. Another forthcoming addition is the Edgewater Apartments at 230 North 23rd Street, a 180-unit project located a block away from the Schuylkill River. Designed by JKRP Architects, the 145,473-square-foot complex will rise 83 feet and seven stories with homes ranging from studios to two bedrooms.