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

Placemaking as a Catalyst

Drexel Square, Philadelphia, USA

Open space as a launchpad for development and gateway for Philadelphia’s
University City Innovation District Masterplan, Schuylkill Yards.

The design for Drexel Square transformed a surface parking lot opposite Philadelphia’s monumental 30th Street Station into a lively green space that fosters community engagement and collaboration.

West 8 and SHoP Architects partnered with private developers and public institutions to create this high-quality public space. The inspiration for the project draws from William Penn’s historic vision of Philadelphia’s Parks as a “Public Room”: a respite for people to gather, rest, and be renewed by the natural world. The elliptical lawn is adorned with eight concrete ribbons reminiscent of a Mercator projection. Twenty-three, shade-providing, soaring metasequoias—planted at more than 40 feet tall into monolithic carved stone planters— together with flexible outdoor furniture and vibrant umbrellas — frame the square.


Brandywine Realty Trust


SHoP Architects


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