It took a few extra months, but the swanky Level 28 amenity club at AKA University City in the FMC Tower is finally ready for its closeup.
Developers Brandywine Realty Trust and AKA announced this week the completion of the 25,000-square-foot Level 28, located on the 28th floor of the 49-story tower and designed by BLTa and interior designer Lissoni Associati. It’s a lesson in luxury, with amenities like a stainless steel indoor pool, and wine-tasting lounge, and a large fitness center that has some of the tallest views of Center City from University City.
“We wanted to curate the experience of live, work, and play while at the same time creating a vertical neighborhood,” said president of AKA Larry Korman at the opening of Level 28 last week.
To make that happen, Korman, Brandywine Realty Trust CEO Jerry Sweeney, and the Lissoni Associati team ensured that Level 28 provided a level of high-tech and high-design details that would “rival New York and LA,” according to Korman.
What’s more, Level 28 is open not only guests of the tower’s AKA suites, but also to FMC Tower tenants (starting at $125 a month) and the public (for $200 to $300 a month). Think of Level 28, Korman says, as a private lifestyle club.
The fitness center features equipment like Peloton Cycle bikes that face the floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the Schuylkill River and the Center City skyline. There’s also a golf simulator room next door where you can wack golf balls at the screen for $25 an hour or take a private lesson from Union League Golf Club instructor.
A 16-seat movie theater is also on the floor—we’re told it’s seen the most use during the weekly viewings of HBO’s Game of Thrones.
And because FMC Tower is also an office building, Level 28 also has a business suite. It doubles as a private tasting room that’s serviced by the new Walnut Street Cafe located at street level.
But perhaps one of the most compelling spots on Level 28 is the 5,000-square-foot terrace, designed by Ground Reconsidered. Located 400 feet above street level, the terrace is walled-in and surrounded by native grasses and foliage, offering a peek of the Center City skyline and long views north. Here, wine and cocktails will be served nightly, also by Walnut Street Cafe.
Take a tour of the private lifestyle club below.
- Inside the FMC Tower in University City, in photos [Curbed Philly]