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BIG’s 1200 Intrepid Nears Completion at the Navy Yard

The first tenant will move in soon

Bjarke Ingels’ first Philadelphia project is close to completion at the Navy Yard and a recent photo shows just how nice it looks sitting on the edge of the campus’s award-winning Central Green.

BIG’s 1200 Intrepid, which broke ground last year, was designed to mimic the curves of Central Green. In doing so, the building acts as sort of a shaded canopy over the sidewalk. At a recent talk when Ingels was awarded the Louis Kahn Award, the Danish architect said, "The white prefabricated concrete panels are sort of like the bracelets of a watch, and they tilt so that it creates a graceful, organic space and inviting cavelike canopy."

The effect of the curved wall has been called "mesmerizing" by Inga Saffron, Philadelphia Inquirer’s architecture critic.

The completion of the building marks another Navy Yard project attached to a big-time designer. Central Green was designed by James Corner Field Operations, which in the last six months has been recognized by ArchDaily, Architizer, and the Urban Land Institute for its design.

The first tenants of 1200 Intrepid, Penn Capital Management, will move in this summer, according to Liberty Property Trust, Synterra Partners, and the PIDC. The rest of the 68,000 square feet of space in the epic building? It’s still up for grabs.