Viñoly is pleased to announce the commission by Post Brothers – Philadelphia’s foremost innovative developer of residential property – to design the adaptive reuse of 1401 Spruce Street, an iconic tower located on the Avenue of the Arts in downtown Philadelphia, across the street from the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts (also designed by Viñoly). The 21-story Classical Revival style tower with elaborately detailed terracotta cladding was designed by Joseph Kuntz in 1922, and served as the headquarters of the Atlantic Richfield Oil Company.
The transformation of 1401 Spruce Street respectfully preserves the existing facade while providing luxury appointments and capacious apartment layouts in a design that that blends harmoniously with the historic and contemporary buildings in this central Philadelphia neighborhood. Design features include: a rational rectangular steel column grid and a central elevator core that characterizes the existing interior; column-free corner bays to create large, open apartment spaces with expansive views across Philadelphia; luxury details and finishes; unparalleled amenities spaces; and a new lobby entry.
Construction to begin in late 2013 with completion in early 2015.