A collaboration with Digsau and Liberty Property Trust, this new pocket park at the Philadelphia Navy Yard establishes a social space where there formerly was none. The brownfield site will be remediated prior to construction of a new biotech company headquarters for Adaptimmune, whose mission is focused on finding a cure for cancer.
An existing electrical substation structure presented challenges for the design of the new central plaza. Substation 664 supplies a majority of the energy for the Philadelphia Navy Yard. DAVID RUBIN Land Collective chose to celebrate the substation’s enormous contribution of energy by incorporating a simple aluminum edge with an embedded led light strip to frame the building – we channeled our inner Donald Judd. The glowing blue light acknowledges the energy within while simultaneously allowing the building to become part of the design composition for the plaza.
A series of green and plaza spaces between the new headquarters buildings and 664 activate space for public use, and complement the architectural design. The project aims to create spaces for innovation outdoors, where both workers and visitors can engage in conversation, collaborate, and draw on the talent and inspiration of adjacent vibrancy at the Navy Yard. The pocket park also creates a visual amenity which is visible from the upper level of the building.Project Images