The Arthaus condominium tower located along the Avenue of the Arts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, has broken ground.
Designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF), the 47-story building seeks to serve as a landmark for the Arts District and redefine luxurious, high-rise living in the city.
“The location for Arthaus was an inviting canvas. We wanted to create an expression of luxury living in the center of a vibrant, one-of-a-kind city, a beacon that signals the center of arts and music in Philadelphia,” said Eugene Kohn, KPF chairman. “It was an honor to contribute a magnificent work of art for my hometown of Philadelphia.”
With a design inspired by its context, the massing of the 35,953-m2 (387,000-sf) tower is modulated into four rectangular volumes. Each of these bundled rectangles rises to a different height, creating a distinctive tower top. The stepped, interlocking boxes also provide large outdoor terraces. The tower wall features a vertical expression balanced by horizontal terraces at each corner offering sweeping views of the city.
At the base of Arthaus, brick- and terra cotta-featured walls match the architecture of the surrounding neighborhood, while the tower’s high-performing glass façade is detailed with white aluminum mullions adding texture and variety.
The building comprises 108 units and more than 3345 m2 (36,000 sf) of amenities, including a rooftop greenhouse and over 390 m2 (4200 sf) of ground floor retail space.
Arthaus is slated for occupancy in fall 2021.