Tetris on the Cira Centre Tomorrow Night

Cira Centre PongTo kick off this year’s Philly Tech Week, Drexel University and Brandywine Realty Trust have partnered to bring another mega-size video game, Tetris, to the exterior of the iconic Cira Centre next to Amtrak’s 30th Street Station. It’s too late to enter the lottery for a chance to actually play, but everyone will be able to watch as the game takes over both sides of the angular tower tomorrow evening.

During Tech Week last year, lucky players stationed at the Philadelphia Museum of Art got to play Pong on the north side of the building. That game got into the Guiness Book of World Records for “Largest Architectural Video Game Display”: it utilized 460 already installed LEDs over 59,800 square feet of the tower’s north side. This year’s game is set to top that: players will use both the north and south sides of the building to play simultaneously—against each other or cooperatively—with one set of players stationed at Eakins Oval outside the Art Museum, and the other at Drexel.

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Breaking: New Giant Skyscraper Announced As Part of Cira Centre South [UPDATED]

Rendering of the high-rise tower to be built at 17th and Market.

Rendering of the high-rise tower to be built at Cira Centre South.

Brandywine Realty Trust and the FMC Corporation have a huge announcement today: FMC will have a new headquarters, and that headquarters will be called FMC Tower at Cira Centre South. The design, like that of the original Cira Centre, will be handled in part by Pelli Clark Pelli. According a press release sent this morning, the building will be the sixth tallest office building in Philadelphia at 650 feet and 47 stories.

It will consist of approximately 830,000 rentable square feet: 575,000 square feet of Class A office space, 10,000 square feet of retail space, and 260 luxury apartment suites with concierge services and market rate rental housing.

Groundbreaking is currently scheduled for mid-2014.

More details to follow… See here for renderings.

Brandywine to Pay $69 Million in Cash for Philadelphia’s Twin Towers

commerce_tallinsunBrandywine Realty Trust will acquire One and Two Commerce Square on Market between 20th and 21st for a total price of $331.8 million–a $238 million mortgage and $69 million in cash.

At 41 stories, the first of the identical office towers to open, in 1987, was the second building in Philadelphia that rose higher than the William Penn statue atop City Hall. The second building was finished in 1992. Both were designed by Henry Cobb, a partner of I.M. Pei, who would later design the Constitution Center. Now the twin towers, as some call them, are a familiar part of the skyline, and are a feather in Brandywine’s cap.

The Philadelphia Business Journal’s Natalie Kostelni writes, “the acquisition solidifies Brandywine as the lead landlord of Center City trophy space.”

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