Checking In On Philadelphia’s 2020 Skyline

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).

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33 North 22nd Street. Credit: Solomon Cordwell Buenz / PMC Property Group via the Civic Design Review

Renderings and Diagrams Revealed for 33 North 22nd Street, Center City

The Center City skyline continues its persistent westward march to the banks of the Schuylkill River. Recently, Chicago-based architecture firm Solomon Cordwell Buens (SCB) submitted to the City of Philadelphia a Civic Design Review (CDR) that outlines the details on the 328-foot-tall, 29-story residential building proposed at 33 North 22nd Street, which also fronts onto the JFK Boulevard. The western Center City project will replace a parking lot for the adjacent Trader Joe’s supermarket and will bring 341 apartments as well as indoor parking for both the building’s residents and Trader Joe’s customers.

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