Intrepid Avenue office building . Philadelphia

BIG . + The Navy Yard

1200 Intrepid will be a LEED Gold office building shaped by the encounter between Robert Stern’s master plan of rectangular city blocks and James Corner’s iconic, circular Central Green Park.

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The building’s double curved, pre-cast concrete façade bows inwards to create a generous urban canopy that responds to the ‘shock wave’ of the park’s circular running track, activity pods and planting vignettes - rippling outwards like rings in water to invade the building’s footprint. Shaped by the city grid, the cornice and remaining elevations return to the orthogonal design of the master plan, forming the double curve and melding the neighborhood’s two dominant forms.
Referencing the Navy Yard’s maritime history while providing much needed natural light, a functioning periscope penetrates the core of the building, projecting views of the Navy Yard harbor into the center of the elevator lobby. Visitors and employees will be able to admire the mothballed ships sitting in the adjacent docks while embracing Central Green Park - connecting the buidling and it's inhabitants to their surroundings.

Partners in Charge Bjarke Ingels, Thomas Christoffersen, Beat Schenk
Project Leaders Sören Grünert (Concept), David Brown (Schematic & DD), Brandon Cook (CD), Michelle Stromsta (CA)
Team Douglass Alligood, Aran Coakley, Thomas Fagan, Thea Sofie Gassenholm, Taylor Hewett, Natalie Kwee, SSSSSTerry Lallak, Peter Lee, Armen Menendian, Annette Miller

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