The next step in the transformative, $3.5 billion Schuylkill Yards project will be red and white towers reaching over 300 and 500 feet high.
Developers Brandywine Realty Trust unveiled renderings for the East and West towers, which they say will, “share similar personalities, with distinct differences.” The towers, which sit at 3001 and 3025 John F. Kennedy Boulevard, will be mixed-use, with office space, amenities, retail, and residences.
Architects Practice for Architecture and Urbanism (PAU) were inspired by old Pennsylvania railcars and the sandstone, brick and terra-cotta facade of Frank
Furness’s Fisher Fine Arts Library, according to a statement on the renderings from Brandywine.
The East Tower will the the taller of the two, reaching 512 feet high, with a red and white facade. It features a 40-foot pedestrian arcade by the entrance, 34 stories of office space, 7,000 square feet of retail, and a 14th floor of amenities.
The West Tower will be less conspicuous, at just over 360 feet high with a neutral, off-white facade. It will have 9,000 square feet of retail space, 219,000 square feet of residential space, 200,000 square feet of office space, and a ninth floor dedicated to luxury amenities, according to the statement.
Developers are also planning a one-acre “Highline Park.”
”The park serves as an “urban foyer,” which is brought to life, day or night, through outdoor dining, interactive art installations, water features, a rain garden and dynamic lighting,” developers said.
Construction of the towers will start in 2020, according to developers. They’re just the latest in a long line of projects for the 14-acre Schuylkill Yards project, which aims to transform the area next to 30th Street Station into parks, office space, retail, residential, and more. Brandywine just unveiled the $14 million Drexel Square earlier this summer (Schuylkill Yards’ first project) and they’re currently renovating the Bulletin Building, turning it into office and lab space.