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The Most Glorious Cheesecake Factory in the World Sets Opening Date

IMG_1759Bust out your iPhone and set yourself a reminder for June 23, 2015. While you’re there, go ahead and label it: “The Most Glorious Cheesecake Factory in the World Opens Today”.

The Inquirer’s Michael Klein is reporting that the chain will be planting its high-calorie flag on the second floor of one of Philadelphia’s most (surprisingly) beautiful new projects on that fateful day.

The building, designed by Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, features some amazing architectural elements that make it a true standout, which should come as no surprise. The firm is responsible for the design of the iconic Apple cube in Manhattan. Glass curtain walls wrap the entire building and the Cheesecake Factory even has its own retractable glass wall that opens up to create a balcony space.




Here's a snippet from Inga Saffron's review from March 2013:

I'll admit that when I first heard that the popular suburban temple of caloric overload was touching down at 15th and Walnut Streets, the news didn't exactly stoke my appetite for good design ... But the architecture gods have smiled on Philadelphia.

According to a recent marketing brochure from MSC Retail, the building contains six sizable retail spaces. Read more »

6 Philly Development Projects That Are Springing Forward

Now that we’ve all had a chance to adjust to that that whole spring forward phenomenon, let’s take a few minutes to look at a handful of projects that are making progress as we officially head into spring. Remember, you’re not losing an hour of precious sleep, you’re gaining another hour of glorious sunlight!

Comcast Innovation and Technology Center:

 

Sure, the near-record breaking concrete pour at the turn of the year may have garnered all of the attention, but that’s winter type stuff. Spring will see the city’s soon-to-be-tallest building rise higher and higher out of the large hole at 19th and Arch. To be frank: that’s exciting. Comcast has recently said they’re going to take up all of the office space within the building and it’s possible that it’s not the last one in the area for the cable goliath. Don’t forget: the Four Seasons will also become one of Philly’s most exclusive hotels as it moves from the Parkway all the way up to the top floors of the CITC.

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GIFs: Demolition of the Buildings at 15th and Walnut

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Walking down 15th Street yesterday afternoon, a line of people were pressed up against the buildings on the west side of the street. They all had their necks craned to watch the ongoing demolition of the buildings that will one day become the most gorgeous Cheesecake Factory you’ll ever see. So I took video and made some animated GIFs.

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