Construction Update

Contemporary Fitness Center


With the exterior courtyard in construction, Derek Bloom Architects is hard at work on developing concepts for the One Franklin Town resident fitness center.

The existing building is a 20-story precast concrete tower, with a repetitive and controlled structural grid. Our proposed design seeks to break away from the regularity of this grid and to create new spaces-within-spaces through the use of non-rectilinear geometries that wrap floor, wall, and ceiling. To bring a new contemporary aesthetic to One Franklin Town, we have stripped the space down to its concrete walls, exposed its ceilings, and built it back up with simple finishes: hexagonal tiles, vibrant paint, and  suspended drywall ceilings. The most significant and most challenging proposal has been to cut new passage ways through the massive concrete walls that support the building, in order to create greater connectivity and transparency throughout the fitness center. To be built in rolling phases, the next phase will be to renovate the remainder of the first floor, including entry lobbies, concierge area, resident lounge, wifi lounge, function room, and offices.

See below for additional renderings


Entry corridor and new accessible lift


Fitness lounge with exposed concrete shear walls.


Updated pool with new visual connection to fitness space.


Currently in Construction


Construction of our design for an office fit-out for Forest City Residential is well underway in Cambridge, MA.

Adding consolidated office space, this new leasing area will provide an open setting for new lounge space, a conference area, and leasing management, and will feature custom mahogany casework, woven organic lighting, and custom wall graphics for a contemporary pop of color.

Work progresses on our related project renovations to an 1,111-SF market-rate unit, which will continue the industrial couture of the existing apartment building where the project is located. With soaring ceilings and expansive, ground-level natural light from oversize curtain-wall windows, the unit boasts loft-style living in a contemporary setting, with multiple amenities in reach from its centralized MIT locale. Both projects are expected to be complete by early February.

One Franklin Town Courtyard approaching completion!

We are proud to share some of our recent photos from our urban landscape design currently being built in Philadelphia’s Center City neighborhood. We saved a mature hibiscus arbor (complete with Nam June Paik video installation!) and several Sweet Bay Magnolias, in designing this modern, bermed landscape. The main Callowhill facade will soon have a new canopy and signage, seen in rendering below.

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