Snøhetta Releases Renderings Of New Temple Library

 

Oslo-based Snøhetta’s vision for Temple’s unnamed library planned for 13th Street & Pollet Walk

Oslo-based Snøhetta’s vision for Temple’s unnamed library planned for 13th Street & Pollet Walk

  • Norwegian architectural firm Snøhetta has released renderings of Temple University’s planned next-gen library at 13th Street & Pollet Walk. Although the automated delivery system for its 2 million book inventory (keeping the building’s space options open) has received the most attention, now that we are privy to Snøhetta’s vision, we perceive an equally forward looking aesthetic, with an interior dome pierced by an oculus, flanked by two wood paneled, 45-foot entrance arches by which young scholars can orient themselves within the well-lit 215,000-square-foot building.
  • Bart Blatstein’s MSC Retail is planning a new mixed-use complex at 1401 South Columbus Boulevard, the site of the aborted Foxwood Casino scheme, reports James Jennings at Property. Phase one—set for completion early next year—would include some 75,000-square-feet of retail space, including an Aldi supermarket at an extended Dickinson Street and a Wawa at Tasker Street. Afterwards, the 16-acre parcel would be filled with 435 apartments, 90 “stacked townhouse units” and 145 townhouses, 91 on terra firma, and 54 on the parcel’s pier. “A park area, in the form of an extended riverfront trail, would separate the complex from the river and span the parcel from Reed Street in the north to Tasker Street in the south,” says Jennings.
  • At last week’s meeting of Keep Philadelphia Beautiful, officials and community stakeholders discussed the need to raise awareness to the collective responsibility in confronting the illegal dumping of trash in some sections of the city. For instance, the Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corporation monitors popular dumping ground areas with surveillance cameras and even picks through the rubbish in search for addresses or other identifying information left by the culprit.
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