The Philadelphia skyline has generally maintained its aesthetically appealing, iconic look at least since its major outward and upward expansion in the 1980s. High-rise buildings stack up gradually to the tallest skyscraper in the city, the Comcast Technology Center, which, at 1,121 feet tall, is Philadelphia’s first supertall. A number of other large skyscrapers also rose during the recent construction boom. In the next four years and beyond, Center City and the surrounding neighborhoods will gain yet more tall high-rise buildings. In this feature, Philadelphia YIMBY compares the 2020 skyline to how it will likely look in 2025.
Permits have been issued for the construction of two multi-family structures at 2203 and 2217 West Thompson Street in Sharswood, North Philadelphia. Upon completion, the building at 2203 West Thompson Street will rise three stories tall and will feature three residential units, as well as a roof deck and cellar. In total, the building will hold 3,648 square feet of space, with construction costs estimated at $459,000. The building at 2217 West Thompson Street will have the exact same scale and cost.
The team behind the 329-unit high-rise development proposed at 418 Spring Garden Street in Northern Liberties has submitted a documentation package to the Civic Design Review. Designed by Solomon Cordwell Buenz, the tower will rise 12 stories tall and will feature commercial space on the ground floor and 87 parking spaces.
1BRKS is a multi-building development located by the elevated Market-Frankford Line on Front Street. The development is situated at the intersection of Olde Kensington and Fishtown, two vibrant and rapidly developing neighborhoods. Designed by Cosica Moos Architects, the project will add a major destination to the area with 26,000 square feet of retail space. A cafe, brewery, distillery, and beauty salon are some of the tenants already lined up. The development will also include significant residential space within three newly constructed buildings, all of which have already received permits.
Aramark, a food service provider, has been based in the Philadelphia area for many years, with the company’s headquarters is located in Center City. Before the its present location at 2400 Market Street by the Schuylkill River, the company was headquartered at 1101 Market Street in Market East. Designed by Varenhorst Architects and Gensler and developed by the PMC Property Group, the new headquarters involved a renovation of an existing structure with a five-story extension built at the top. The renovated building stands nine stories, bringing a modern design to an area where older architecture predominates. The project also includes retail, residential, and office space.