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'Light Play' Almost Complete on Dranoff's Southstar Lofts

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Photos via James Jennings, Harries & Heder

Have you seen those white brackets going up on the side of Carl Dranoff's new Southstar Lofts recently? How about the angular awning that hovers over the South Street subway stop at Broad and South? Those are the beginnings of a permanent art installation entitled "Light Play." The idea is to create prisms that shine vibrant light across part of the building, sidewalk and subway stairs when sunlight passes through them. Designed by Mags Harries and Lajos Héder for $350,000, the vertical art display will also be lit by solar powered LEDs at night. The structures are made of steel, glass, solar panels, lights and prismatic film. Southstar Lofts opened in May and features 85 luxury rental units — including studio, one- and two-bedroom floor plans. Designed to be a "sustainable" building, the complex has beaten Philly to the bike share game. Dranoff Bike Share offers residents the opportunity to reserves bicycles to get around the city. · Southstar's Finishing Touch: Light Fantastic [Philly Living]
· Southstar Lofts [Curbed Philly]