Rendering have been revealed for a 16-unit mixed-use development at 2400-04 Frankford Avenue in Fishtown, Kensington. Designed by Canno Design and developed by Khosla Properties, the new building will rise four stories tall, with a retail space on the ground floor and residential units above. The building will boast a stately exterior, comprised entirely of gray brick. Throughout the façade, rows and columns of bricks project forward, creating a unique texture on the building. The southeast corner of the building will be rounded, creating a fluid look that will accentuate the intersection.
The Ocean City, NJ municipal government has approved The Soleil, a six-story, 111-unit condo-hotel resort development at 1101 Ocean Avenue that will be the city’s largest project in the works for many years. The city is situated in the far reaches of the Philadelphia metropolitan area on the Jersey shore, and is a popular tourist destination. A swimming pool, as well as a cafe/deli will also be incorporated with the building. A structured parking garage will be available for The Soleil, as well as the neighboring Flanders Hotel, one of the city’s tallest buildings.
The Comcast Technology Center at 1800 Arch Street in Center City was completed on August 12, 2019, when the hotel portion officially opened, becoming the tallest skyscraper in Philadelphia. The tower stands 1,121 feet and 60 stories tall, with a central concrete core and steel floor plates. The skyscraper was designed by Foster and Partners, which has designed several buildings that features metal highlights and bright lighting features, and developed by Liberty Property Trust, which used to be known as Rouse and Associates when Willard G. Rouse III ran the company before his death. Today YIMBY looks at the process of testing the lighting at the building’s lantern around the time of its completion.
Permits have been issued for Comly Commons, a 139-unit development at 1810-34 East Hagert Street (also known as 1825 East Boston Street) in East Kensington. Designed by SgRA Architecture, the project consists of renovation of multiple existing industrial buildings and additions that will make for a singular, six-story structure. The 133,014-square-foot building which will also hold artisan industrial space. According to permits, construction costs are estimated at $8.45 million.
Philadelphia is home to many skyscrapers designed by well-known architects from around the world. Among these are the twin towers of Commerce Square, which were designed by the renowned firm of I.M. Pei & Partners. The 565-foot-tall One Commerce Square and Two Commerce Square towers are still prominent on the Philadelphia skyline to this day, and they take up an entire city block at 2001 Market Street and 2005 Market Street in Center City. Both of the 41-story structures are framed in steel, and each is topped with a decorative diamond on the east and west faces. Maguire Thomas Partners was the developer of the towers at the time of the completion of One Commerce Square in 1987 and five years when Two Commerce Square was completed, which was also the time when the developers decided to split their partnership.