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First Look: AKA University City Renderings Revealed

The extended-stay suites are expected to open this fall

AKA University City, 268 extended stay ultra-luxurious suites that which will take up 19 floors of the FMC Tower, has released a first look of their units designed by Italian architect and designer Piero Lissoni.

The renderings were unveiled yesterday afternoon and reveal expansive 10-foot ceilings that boast pretty incredible city skyline views—not surprising given that AKA University City will take up floors 29 through 46 of the 49-story tower.

"The exciting challenge is to create an ambience that is homey enough for a person who is staying for a longer period, as opposed to a single day experience in a hotel room," said Nicoletta Canesi, co-founder of Piero Lissoni Associati, in a statement. "The bedrock of the design is Italian, of course, but the décor elements are more global."

The one- and two-bedroom units and the penthouse residences will all feature wide-plank Italian white oak flooring and custom Italian kitchen cabinetry.

The FMC Tower is close to completion and is expected to begin leasing in late summer. AKA University City is on track to open in fall 2016. It will be Korman Communities’ third extended-stay AKA location in Philadelphia.