The Netherlands

West 8 urban design & landscape architecture b.v.

Nico Koomanskade 1021
3072 LM Rotterdam
The Netherlands

+31 (0) 10 485 5801


West 8 Brussels urban design & landscape architecture bvba

Waaienberg 123
1745 Opwijk

+31 (0) 10 485 5801

United States

West 8 urban design & landscape architecture p.c.

2133 Arch Street, Suite 101
Philadelphia, PA 19103
United States of America

+1 347 371 2252

Drexel Square receives Editor’s pick for 2019 Best of Design Awards

Drexel Square has received an Editors Pick for the Landscape category of the Architects Newspaper’s Best of Design awards (2019).

West 8’s Drexel Square project transformed a vacant, underutilized, parcel into a dynamic mixed-use innovation hub. Serving as the gateway into University City from the Center City and 30th Street Station, Drexel Square is a key part in the Schuylkill Yards Master Plan. Positioned in front of the Bulletin Building, the team designed an over 11sq. km elliptical green lawn, custom made granite benches, outdoor furniture, lighting, and raised planter beds filled with shrubs and perennials.

The Jury included New Affiliates Co-Founder Jaffer Kolb; Selldorf Architects partner Sara Lopergolo; Skidmore, Owings & Merrill associate director Carlos Madrid III; The Architectural League of New York program director Anne Rieselbach; The Architect’s Newspaper executive editor Matt Shaw; and Oana Stănescu Studio founder Oana Stănescu. They praised projects which focused on contextual, tactical approaches over larger, bombastic ideas.

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Photography © Brandywine Realty Trust