Remember when the Comcast Innovation and Technology Center (CITC) was announced and everyone went bananas over the renderings of the interior? Yeah, people were stoked about Sir Norman Foster's design for the $1.2B, 1,121 foot tall skyscraper, but it was images of the Utopian interior full with glass, wood grains, oddly dressed people, gobs of natural light, incredible views and large open spaces that had everyone ooo-ing and ahhh-ing — especially those multi-story slides! Comcast announced that they have chosen Gensler to spearhead that vision and make it a reality. You may recall that Gensler — who knows a thing or two about tall buildings — has been in the region recently with the One Conshohocken project, which looks to bring a "vibrant public plaza" featuring shops, restaurant and a hotel to downtown Conshohocken. According to a press release, Gensler's Managing Principal and Executive Board member Joe Brancato had this to say:
"Through the design of thoughtful and captivating interiors for the expansion of Comcast's vertical campus, the company can achieve its goal of attracting the best talent from the many outstanding academic institutions in the area and across the country,"
You may remember from back in June that Comcast's Karen Dougherty Bucholz gave everyone an idea of the amount of work that goes into planning the CITC. Gensler will work with Foster + Partners and Daroff Design Inc. on the tower that broke ground this summer. When completed in 2018, the CITC will be the tallest tower outside of New York and Chicago. As you can see, the slides are not featured in this current batch of renderings. We have an email out to Gensler to see if they made the cut — fingers crossed!
· Gensler to Design Interiors of the New Comcast Innovation and Technology Center [Gensler]
· Comcast chooses firm to design interior of new Philadelphia skyscraper [PBJ]
· More CITC Coverage [Curbed Philly]