We’ve previously shared a few updates about our projects in Philadelphia, PA, and this is one of our biggest updates so far:
Part of a multi-phase project, we recently completed the main courtyard (here), and the second phase fitness wing is about to begin (here), and now we’re excited to share some awesome interior renderings of the lobby and amenity spaces! As with the earlier fitness center, our goal was to create spaces within spaces and de-emphasize and subvert the rigidity of the original building’s precast concrete module. However, rather than a raw, exposed aesthetic we are creating a more refined, warm, contemporary space with various wood and tile finishes. Expected Completion 2017.
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.
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.