Ground broken on Arthaus residential tower in Philadelphia, US

WCN Editorial Team 14 Jun 2019 NORTH AMERICA BUILDINGS

Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF) has announced the start of construction on Arthaus, the company’s first residential tower in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

The Arthaus tower, which is being developed by Dranoff Properties, will be a 47-storey condominium tower with luxurious, high-rise apartments.

It will be located at Broad and Spruce streets along Avenue of the Arts and directly across the street from the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts.

KPF chairman Eugene Kohn said: “The location for Arthaus was an inviting canvas; we wanted to create an expression of luxury living in the center of a vibrant, one-of-a-kind city – a beacon that signals the center of arts and music in Philadelphia.

“It was an honor to contribute a magnificent work of art for my hometown of Philadelphia. Every condominium itself is a piece of art that has its own unique story and offers a design aesthetic that is truly authentic to the Avenue of the Arts.”

The tower will include 108 light-filled apartments, along with more than 36,000ft² of amenities such as rooftop greenhouse and more than 4,200ft² of ground floor retail space. The building is claimed to enhance Philadelphia’s skyline with its bundled box design.

The building’s outdoor spaces will include a year-round rooftop greenhouse, individual planting beds, a reflecting pool, lawn and sun deck.

Additional amenities include a 75ft indoor lap pool, a fitness centre along with a library, a board room, a club room, a dining salon, café with demonstration kitchen and kids’ playroom.

At the base, the tower will feature brick and terra cotta feature walls. The glass façade will be detailed with white aluminium mullions, adding texture and variety.

Dranoff Properties CEO Carl Dranoff said: “Arthaus is a no-compromise, single-purpose tower that punctuates the Philadelphia skyline with luxurious living and unmatched amenities.

“We are bringing Philadelphia something it has never seen before – a greenhouse with extraordinary outdoor amenities – we’re giving our residents their own park in the sky.”

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Image: KPF breaks ground for Arthaus tower in Philadelphia. Photo: Courtesy of KOHN PEDERSEN FOX ASSOCIATES PC.

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