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Which was the best new building of 2017?
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Last year, Curbed Philly took a look back at the big 2016 wins of architecture and urban design, deeming the best new buildings, makeovers, public transportation wins, and more. With 2017 coming to a close, it’s time to consider the best of the best in 2017.

But this year, we need your help in one major category: The best new building of 2017.

We looked at the many developments that were completed this year, and narrowed the pool down to five major buildings. They all offer something a little different, and serve different purposes, from an office tower to condos to a museum.

Consider the following five new buildings, then take our poll! The winner will be revealed later this month as part of Curbed Philly’s Curbed Awards. Voting is open for one week, so get to it.

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Tom Scannapieco’s 500 Walnut condo tower has been abuzz ever since the Beyonce rumor heard around the world: You know, when someone alleged that the pop star had bought the priciest penthouse in the building. Not true, but when the penthouse eventually sold for $17.85 million, it made history by becoming the most expensive residential sale in the history of Philadelphia. 500 Walnut, designed by Cecil Baker+Partners, debuted its completed, slim look in October, revealing clear views of Independence Hall and all of the swanky amenities one would expect in the most luxurious condo building in the city.

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It was 10 years in the making, but Bridge is finally a permanent fixture on Race Street in Old City. Designed by Gluck+ and developed by Brown Hill Development, the 18-story, 146-unit apartment building stands tall at the foot of the Benjamin Franklin Bridge and features a podium level that matches the height of its neighbors, then rises up another 14 or so stories. It is also one of the two projects in the city that included affordable housing units to receive a height bonus.

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Robert A.M. Stern Architects is behind the new Museum of the American Revolution at 3rd and Chestnut in Old City. At its grand opening on April 19 of this year, it was the latest museum to open in Philly since the Barnes Foundation in 2012. As a whole, the brick museum takes on a traditional look as an ode to the historic neighborhood’s fabric.

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DIGSAU’s latest project the Study debuted in January of this year, bringing a 10-story boutique hotel to University City that’s highlighted by its highly textured facade, which features dark ironspot brick and punched out windows. It recently won an AIA Philadelphia Design Award.

A view of the new FMC Tower along the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia. Courtesy of

The tallest building in West Philly, the FMC Tower, officially wrapped up construction in fall 2017. Designed by Pelli Clarke Pelli, the soaring, glassy tower has officially changed University City’s skyline. It features office space and restaurants, as well as AKA University City, a swanky extended-stay hotel that takes up the upper levels of the 49-story tower.


Which should win Philly’s new building of the year?

This poll is closed

  • 6%
    500 Walnut
    (240 votes)
  • 38%
    (1310 votes)
  • 3%
    Museum of the American Revolution
    (121 votes)
  • 16%
    The Study
    (574 votes)
  • 34%
    FMC Tower
    (1187 votes)
3432 votes total Vote Now

Museum of the American Revolution

101 South 3rd Street, , PA 19106 Visit Website

500 Walnut

500 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106 Visit Website

FMC Tower

2929 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104 Visit Website