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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