Kabletown has officially taken over 30 Rock. Comcast and NBC Universal have officially taken down the GE sign at the top of 30 Rockefeller Plaza and the replacements have a decidedly Philly feel. Apparently, it’s not enough for Philly to own Penn Station. Here’s more from NBC10:
The rooftop signs on the 70-story building replace the General Electric initials and add the company’s logo and the NBC Peacock logo to the New York City skyline. It’s the first time that the iconic peacock will appear on top of the television network’s historic headquarters.
Originally named the RCA Building and more recently known as the GE Building, the new corporate name will be called the Comcast Building, though we’d guess people will still just call it 30 Rock. The Philly’s historic connection to the building doesn’t stop at Comcast and Tina Fey jokes: Read more »
Philadelphia-based artist Drew Leshko is doing something really cool. Using paper and wood, he carves, cuts, and layers the materials to create replicas of buildings, news stands, and other features in his neighborhood. His raison d’être? His artist statement makes it clear:
… Leshko creates documentary studies of architecture from his neighborhood in an attempt to create a three dimensional archive of buildings that are in transitional periods. The work examines gentrification and history, how historical relevance is determined, and most importantly, what is worth preserving.
The paper sculptures – done at a 1:12 scale, we might add – are crafted from observation and photographs, with Leshko not shying away from minute details like city detritus and acid rain deposits. We’ve included photos of some of his pieces from his Instagram below, although you can see eleven of the seventeen in person.
La Colombe at the Dow Building | Rendering: La Colombe
Coffee lovers, today is your day. La Colombe will officially open their very mid-century cafe at the corner of 6th and Market on July 1 (today) at 7 a.m., a rep from the company comfirmed to Property in an email.
The 1,700-square-foot space will celebrate the superb architecture and design of the Dow Building, originally built in 1964 as the headquarters of Rohm & Haas. That means you’ll be sippin’ some hot (or iced) java underneath some pretty stellar chandeliers, enjoying a fresh pastry or sandwich on the new outdoor terrace overlooking Independence Mall and even taking advantage of the newly constructed steps leading up to the cafe at 6th and Market.
Michael Klein of The Inquirertalked with Stokes Architecture about the overall aesthetic:
It might be blasphemous to say, but much like living with complex human beings, sometimes Philadelphia can be a total pain in the derriere. It’s a city rife with struggle, ugliness, and crime; but also hope, beauty, and folks who will reach out to help you on instinct.
The latter description can be one that falls by the wayside for some of us who’ve lived here long enough. Oddly enough, we didn’t realize this until after having watched Cory J. Popp’s “Philadelphia From Above” video, which made us fall in complete and utter love with the city once more.
Will Temple University ever build that much-whispered about football stadium everyone thinks they’re planning? Speculate all you want, it honestly doesn’t seem like the Owls are even thinking about that at this point. Instead, all signs point to the school buckling down on prepping for the upcoming green redesign of its main campus.
Visualize Temple, TU’s Campus Master Plan (.PDF), which came to our attention last December, will involve the demolition of Barton Hall, Beury Hall, and the Biology-Life Sciences building. Taking their respective places would be a new 210,000-square-foot library designed by Norwegian architect Snøhetta and Philadelphia-based Stantec, where Barton now stands, and a massive central green space – informally referred to as “the quad” –, where Beury Beach, its namesake hall and the Bio-Life building are currently located.
Other projects would also be phased in within the next five or so years, according to an October article from Temple News, including an interdisciplinary science building at 12th and Norris. This latter construction would be the only other structure slightly stepping out of Temple’s footprint, which university officials stress they have no plans to expand.
Complementing Visualize Temple is Verdant Temple, the university’s landscape master plan, which launched its pilot project at Temple’s Liacouras Walk and Wachman Plaza a little over a week ago. According toTemple News’ Brandon Lausch, work at the site will pave the way for “more social space” and better accessibility to Wachman Hall with the rest of campus.
The boom continues at the Navy Yard | Photo | Jeff Fusco
Want yet another example that the powers that be at the Navy Yard aren’t messing around when it comes to making the campus the major business hub in the region? Liberty Property Trust and Synterra Partners have announced that they will hold a groundbreaking ceremony on Tuesday, June 30 for a 94,000-square-foot speculative office building at 1200 Intrepid Avenue. It all goes down at 11 a.m.
Building a major office building without an attached tenant would be news enough in this city, add in the fact that it will be designed Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG), a global phenomenon in architecture and design, and the development team has really nailed down their point.
To recap: we have a starchitect-design office building with no tenants in the city’s booming business park. Has your imagination started to run wild? Ours hasn’t stopped. For instance, check out this nugget from the media advisory (emphasis is ours):
The building at 1200 Intrepid Avenue is Liberty’s fourteenth development in its 1.35 million-square-foot Navy Yard portfolio. The gravity defying design of the building mimics the circular nature of the new park at its doorstep, Central Green.
As you know, the Four Seasons is out at One Logan and work is currently underway to transform the space into a new concept called The Logan. Part of the Curio – A Collection by Hilton line of independent luxury brands, The Logan’s decor will flaunt a modern, arsty aesthetic that’s a dramatic shift from the traditional opulence of its predecessor. Read more »
Central Green | Rendering/Photo via The Navy Yard and James Corner Field Operations
The Navy Yard is set to officially unveil its new 4.5-acre green space dubbed Central Green next week. Jennifer Tran, Marketing and Communications Manager at the Navy Yard, told Property that the ribbon cutting will take place on Tuesday, June 30 at 11:45 a.m. at Rouse Boulevard and Intrepid Avenue (map). The event is open to the public and will feature live music, giveaways, a pay-as-you-go food truck lineup, outdoor games and even a free yoga session from Nava Yoga Center.
The circular park will be broken down into various outdoor rooms and feature multiple activity spaces, including a “sunlawn” for lounging, a serene hammock grove, a dedicated fitness station and even a large communal meeting table for people who want to conduct some business al fresco or just eat lunch. “We’re really excited about this park,” said Tran. “It’s for the employees [at the Navy Yard], but also for the public to enjoy as well.” Read more »