Brandywine Realty Trust sought to transform a dated 100,000 SF commercial building into a Class A office building. The building faced a design challenge familiar to much of America’s existing building stock: how to attract top tenants while planning for upgrades that make economic sense. While the 1970s cast-in-place structure had strong bones, it lacked a defining architectural character as well as access to natural daylight, common areas, and the amenities associated with modern workplace environments.
The new design preserves and exposes the building’s original concrete waffle slabs. A series of stacked boxes house shared amenity spaces, enhance circulation, integrate mechanical systems, and encourage social gathering. Rather than conceptualizing each amenity space as an individual element, this approach creates a visible architectural identity. Positioned directly off the main elevator core, these spaces immediately establish a welcoming sense of place and orient building users. In addition to their functional considerations, the boxes play on the design composition of the original building with its symmetrical entrance. The new architectural insertions reference the existing structure, yet are subtly distinguished through form and material variations.
Reusing the fundamental structure of the building minimized the quantity of construction waste and new materials required. The reconfigured floorplates support single or multi-tenant leases, providing ultimate flexibility for the developer. The activated façade and landscape contribute to its suburban context.