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Next month, the big patch of grass and greenery atop Cira Centre South’s parking garage called Cira Green will be home to Philly’s second sky-high beer garden (Skygarten being the first—and tallest), courtesy of World Cafe Live.
Here’s what you should know.
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Night falls on the FMC Tower at Cira Centre South, to be completed in 2016. Rendering via Brandywine Realty Trust.
Yesterday was the groundbreaking for the much anticipated FMC Tower at Cira Centre South, a development project from Brandywine Realty. It was, not surprisingly, a who’s who of politicians, academics, architects, media folks, planners, builders, real estate bigwigs, developers, and probably even pigeons that are well-known in their community.
Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell said to the audience, “I don’t know who’s running the city, ’cause all the important people are here.”
That tidbit came from Hidden City, which offered thorough coverage of the event as well as extensive details about the 49-story, 730-foot building itself, which will be “the skyline’s starting point.”
Now, the renderings:
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Today’s groundbreaking for the 690-foot tall, 49-story FMC Tower at Cira South celebrates the start of a construction project that will probably go through 2016. The building — two blocks from 30th Street Station — is being designed by Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects (Cesar Pelli’s firm) with the same aesthetic approach they brought to its nearby sister property, the Cira Centre.
Along with those FMC offices, there’ll be 268 residential apartments, a spa and fitness center, ground-floor retail and restaurants; office space for other occupants, like Penn; and a sky bridge and glass elevator bringing visitors to the elevated Cira Green park.
The groundbreaking is going to be a PR blitz of epic proportions.
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To 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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Photo: Laura Kicey
EVO — probably better known as one half of the new Cira Centre South — has a futuristic and inventive workaround for the fact that the apartment building isn’t finished yet: The Simulation Cube at its leasing office. Designed by VisionaiR 3D’s Maarten van Grinsven, the Cube consists of four walls with a 360-degree surround projection system. When visitors sit at the table in the middle, they are immersed in a virtual reality version of one of many floorplans.
The Cube is the first virtual reality simulator of its kind in Philadelphia and even allows guests to ascend and descend stairs, visiting the building’s future gym as well as its study lounges and common areas. Most stunningly, guests can climb to the building’s roof deck and lounge, wading into the infinity pool and staring out at the Philadelphia skyline while the water ripples around them. It’s practically a cure for seasonal-affective disorder.
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Left photo by B. Krist for GPTMC.
• Pong on the Cira Centre has earned a a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records, as Technical.ly Philly reports.
• The Inquirer’s Al Heavens writes about continued growth in an already flourishing Francisville.
• A December town meeting at Northeast High School will cover draft plans for improving Roosevelt Blvd., area shopping districts, and parks, according to PlanPhilly.
• The Philadelphia Daily News says that the new Frankford Avenue murals celebrate that neighborhood’s diversity and history.
• Former Flyer Max Talbot is selling his Bella Vista 3BR that includes a plasma TV and projector, according to Curbed Philly.
• Is Germantown going green? The Inquirer’s Alison Burdo writes about the solar paneled home and eco-friendly development firm that moved in within three years of each other.
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.
Philadelphia has made the national news again–and this time it has nothing to do with a restaurant called Chink’s. Now the country is talking about the giant game of Pong that will be recreated on the facade of the Cira Centre for Philly Tech Week.
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