Philly to Get a Burst of New Projects by Groundswell Design Group
Groundswell Design Group’s track record (think last summer’s Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s Pop-Up Garden) has left us in anticipation about what they’ll do next. Fortunately, the landscape architecture firm has quite a few projects in store this year, not least of which includes another PHS pop-up (this time at Penn Plaza).
According to Foobooz, one of Groundswell’s plans involves installing the Independence Beer Garden in place of the 13,000-square-foot space of concrete surrounding the Dow Building at 6th and Market. The project is set to incorporate pergolas, a line of shade trees along 6th Street, and other greenery. Renderings can be found on Foobooz.
Other items on their design transformation agenda:
• PS&Co — Facade of Pure Sweets (1706 Locust, opens in April)
• FringeArts — Plaza and restaurant areas on the waterfront
• Festival Pier — Beach at the waterfront (sand, volleyball, music)
• Art Place — Penn’s Landing boardwalk remaking (boardwalks, waterfront dunes, water gardens, lounge chairs)
• Another PHS pop-up — Penn Plaza (across from City Hall, between 15th and 16th streets)
• Pop-up public space— Sitting spaces near food trucks (33rd and Arch)