University City, Philadelphia, PA
This LEED Platinum project is a cornerstone in the developer’s long-term vision to create an innovation corridor along Market Street in west Philadelphia. The building will contain 240,000 SF of specialized science facilities, office space and dry labs, with retail at the ground level.
One of the signature elements of the building is a very large terrace on the third floor. The terrace is envisioned as a tranquil space for members of the building community to enjoy the outdoors, and encounter one another outside of a traditional office or lab environment. The terrace design includes a covered patio area that can accommodate large events, and a lushly planted meadow that is open to the sky. Roofmeadow’s design accentuates outstanding views of the city looking down Market Street. Landform, planting low walls, and integrated seating create intimate gathering spaces that are connected by a meandering path. Green roofs on several other levels provide visual interest for interior spaces, and contribute to stormwater management for the site.
At the street level, the landscape architecture emphasizes greening, in order to make the sidewalk along this busy thoroughfare feel more inviting for walkers and shoppers. The design also supports the architects’ vision for a grand entry for tenants, curving along one side of the building.
The Sheward Partnership