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Comcast Innovation and Technology Center, Philadelphia, United States

Thursday 16 Jan 2014

The height of innovation

Comcast Innovation and Technology Center by Foster + Partners in Philadelphia, United States
Foster + Partners 
Comcast Innovation and Technology Center by Foster + Partners in Philadelphia, United States Comcast Innovation and Technology Center by Foster + Partners in Philadelphia, United States
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Foster + Partners unveil 59-storey Comcast tower for Philadelphia 

Foster + Partners have unveiled their designs for 1,121 ft, 59-storey Comcast tower, commissioned by the Comcast Corporation and Liberty Property Trust.

The glass and stainless steel tower will complement the neighbouring Comcast Center, the global headquarters of the Comcast Corporation.

Comcast and Liberty plan to jointly develop the new tower, which will be home to the Comcast Innovation and Technology Center in the centre of Philadelphia. The $1.2 billion tower will become a dedicated home to Comcast's growing workforce of technologists, engineers, and software architects.

The facility will also create a media centre in the heart of the City by becoming home to the operations of local broadcast television stations NBC 10/WCAU and Telemundo 62/WWSI and offer space for local technology start-ups.

The project will also include a new Four Seasons hotel with a top-floor restaurant and 360-degree city views and a soaring, block-long lobby with a glass- enclosed indoor plaza accompaniment to Comcast Center's existing, dynamic outdoor plaza. The lobby will feature a restaurant and a new concourse will provide direct connections with SEPTA's Suburban Station, enhancing accessibility and providing new options for commuters.

The mixed-use tower is expected to be the tallest building in the United States outside of New York and Chicago and will be the largest private development project in the history of Pennsylvania.

"This is a very special project. It is an opportunity to create a unique and sustainable model for mixed-use, high density development, which uniquely combines spaces for high tech research and development with restaurants, gardens, fitness facilities and a significant public reception space - a window on Philadelphia," commented Lord Norman Foster.

"At ground level this ‘urban room' embraces the city; it opens the building to the public and anchors it as a vital new neighbourhood. It also links directly into the below ground public transport system. Above this, the highly flexible loft-like spaces and studios are designed for a dynamic way of working - an engine for the city's evolution as the kind of leading technology hub presently associated with Silicon Valley," he added.

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