Here’s the Latest on the So-Called Fergie Tower

A new rendering of the proposed tower at 1213 Walnut St

A new rendering of the proposed tower, courtesy of Skyscraper Page

Last time we checked in on the tower planned for 12th and Sansom, developer U3 Ventures, working with Ten Arquitectos, had emerged pretty much victorious from a legal mess stemming from neighborhood opposition to their project. Now we’ve gotten word that Goldenberg Group is working on the project as well, and a new architecture firm, Baltimore’s Design Collective, has been brought onboard to provide a new design.

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Vision of NoLibs That’s More Buñuel Than Blatstein


Perhaps it’s fitting that renderings of this new construction on Third Street should appear on real estate websites around the time of Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s death, when so many are talking about magical realism. These remind me of fantasist animator Hayao Miyazaki too, particularly the night view, which is in a dark rain. You don’t see that too often — usually an exterior night view in a rendering has a building shimmering like a golden palace atop a hill of diamonds. Sparkly and pretty.

One image of the homes recalls the Mario Brothers circa Atari, with bright green levels that make me want to break out the eighth-grade joystick.

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