Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, the design firm known locally for the Liberty Bell Center redesign and Penn’s New College House dormitory, recently became one of the first tenants to move into their new office at 1100 Ludlow at East Market, a $600 million mixed-use development in Philadelphia.
For principle Tom Kirk, the move couldn’t have come at a better time. The firm had spent the past two decades working in a small office in the Wells Fargo building on Broad Street. “We came from this very tighter, U-shaped configuration where people were in their cocoons,” he says.
Their new 18,525-square-foot office on the sixth floor of the renovated warehouse at 1100 Ludlow is the complete opposite, with an open-office layout and soaring ceilings held up by large concrete pillars. In addition, the designers are surrounded by three walls of floor-to-ceiling factory-style windows.