Thursday, April 8, 2010

Robert A.M. Stern Architects raises the bar with Philadelphia's Comcast Center

From Architectural Record...

"At a 975-foot height, Comcast Center is Philadelphia’s tallest building—a distinction that should last at least as long as the recession. The tower, designed by Robert A.M. Stern Architects of New York (with Kendall/Heaton Associates of Houston as architect of record), brings a trim and tailored presence to a skyline pumped up with spires and tops vying for public attention for 20-odd years.

As a skyscraper, Comcast’s top—a squared off obelisk—doesn’t announce any new directions in design, nor suggest that it will be as noticeable once taller buildings (such as the projected 1,500-foot-high American Commerce Center by Kohn Pedersen Fox) crowd around it. But like Raymond Hood’s RCA Tower (1933) at Rockefeller Center in New York, what it lacks in jazz at the top, it delivers at the bottom in a multilevel mix of public spaces, rail connections and concourses, shops, and cafés."

Read more here

No comments:

Post a Comment

Please leave your comments here.