At The Navy Yard, A Spectacular Speculative Office

 

A view of Bjarke Ingels’ mesmerizing design for the Navy Yard’s 1200 Intrepid Avenue | Photo: Rasmus Hjortshoj

A view of Copenhagen-based architect Bjarke Ingels’ mesmerizing design for the Navy Yard’s 1200 Intrepid Avenue | Photo: Rasmus Hjortshoj, for The Inquirer

  • Inga Saffron lauds the imaginative, yet economical work of 41-year-old Danish starchitect Bjarke Ingels, now marking his splash in America—most prominently on mighty Manhattan with the 709-unit luxury apartment tower Via 57 West—but also at South Philadelphia’s Navy Yard, with his treatment of the lowly and ubiquitous speculative office building type. Looking up from one of the Yard’s too generously supplied parking lots, one would hardly think that developer Liberty Property Trust was all that budget-conscious when it signed Ingels on for the four-story, 92,000-square-foot building at 1200 Intrepid Avenue. Although the $375-per-square-foot price for construction is slightly steeper than previous projects in the Navy Yard, 1200 Intrepid Avenue is a marvel, employing a skylight as a functioning periscope, weaving concrete paneling together as if a wicker basket, leaning in the direction and imitation of the circular park across the street. Indeed, “it’s hard to tear yourself away from the Baroque, crashing wave of the building’s dazzlingly white, main facade.”
  • “A herd of 57 fiberglass donkeys, each representing an American state or territory, are being painted by local artists inside a shipping warehouse in Port Richmond,” reports Peter Crimmins for NewsWorks. From July 1 through the end of the Democratic National Convention, they will be on display across downtown Philadelphia, each suggestive of its given state or territory’s history and culture.
  • Thanks mainly to its installation of surveillance cameras across its fleet of buses in recent years, SEPTA has dramatically cut back on its legal fees, says PlanPhilly transportation reporter Jim Saksa. Some $33 million in savings from the last fiscal year will be transferred into its service stabilization fund.
About the author

Stephen Currall recently received his BA in history from Arcadia University. Before beginning doctoral studies, he is pursuing his interest in local history, specifically just how Philadelphians engage their vibrant past. Besides skimming through 18th century letters, Steve is also interested in music and travel.

Send a message!



Leave a Reply

Comment moderation is enabled, no need to resubmit any comments posted.

Recent Posts
Beloved South Street Landmark To Be Demolished And Rebuilt

Beloved South Street Landmark To Be Demolished And Rebuilt

February 23, 2018  |  News

Charged with the financial burden of a fire-damaged restaurant on South Street, owners of Bridget Foy’s make plans to rebuild. Starr Herr-Cardillo has the story > more

Hidden City Wants YOU To Join The Conversation

Hidden City Wants YOU To Join The Conversation

February 22, 2018  |  Buzz

Attention: The Hidden City Daily is looking for writers. Gather your best ideas, and pitch a story today! > more

On The Hunt For Brains, Discovering The Wistar Institute

On The Hunt For Brains, Discovering The Wistar Institute

February 21, 2018  |  Vantage

Mickey Herr dissects the origins of the Wistar Institute and examines the brain of a man that turned the medical world on its head > more

Trading Brake Pads For Ballet Slippers On South Broad Street

Trading Brake Pads For Ballet Slippers On South Broad Street

February 19, 2018  |  The Shadow Knows

The Shadow waltzes through the history of an old auto dealership in South Philly that has been a hub of classical dance training for over 30 years > more

Riding The Rails On Pennsylvania's Original Turnpike

Riding The Rails On Pennsylvania’s Original Turnpike

February 16, 2018  |  Harry K's Encyclopedia

As Phase One of the Reading Viaduct Rail Park sets to open this spring, Harry K. takes us on a ride along the Philadelphia & Columbia Railroad, one of the earliest railroads in America > more

New Schuylkill River Trail Extension Now Open

New Schuylkill River Trail Extension Now Open

February 15, 2018  |  Buzz

Michael Bixler takes us on a stroll down the newest segment of the Schuylkill River Trail > more