SWA/Balsley is designing Highline Plaza at Schuylkill Yards, a significant mixed-use redevelopment adjoining to Philadelphia’s 30th Avenue Station. The brand new public plaza will remodel an underutilized floor car parking zone right into a vibrant panorama of connection-one that celebrates the distinctive infrastructure of the CSX highline and adjoining railyards in addition to creates a dynamic house between two new skyscrapers designed by PAU Structure and HDR.
A part of an bold grasp plan to create a thriving new mixed-use district, the half-acre plaza will probably be extremely programmed with energetic and passive parts together with out of doors eating, pop-up retail, performances, and different public gatherings. Design parts are impressed by the positioning’s rail legacy and industrial heritage, with a dynamic floor aircraft mimicking the geometries of a railyard, customized “observe junction” benches, interpretive artwork installations, and a raised wooden deck and perch that enable guests to look at the exercise within the plaza and railyards past.
A cover beneath the CSX highline will create a sheltered house for gatherings and actions whereas permitting the genuine materiality of the highline to shine. Highline Plaza will create an experiential junction and shared identification that grounds the 2 new towers at 3025 and 3001 JFK Boulevard connects them to the broader city context together with the long run Woodland Stroll terminus, Drexel Sq., the Bulletin Constructing, and the 30th Avenue Station.
Highline Plaza is a part of Schuylkill Yards’ first part, which is scheduled to start building in 2020.
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