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

A New Gateway to University City

Schuylkill Yards, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

A major innovation hub on the East Coast—one that is dynamic, diverse, open, and inviting.

Working with Drexel University and master developer Brandywine Realty Trust, SHoP and West 8 will transform 14 acres of existing underutilized land with 6.5 acres of public open space to create a collaborative mixed-use neighbourhood in West Philadelphia. Schuylkill Yards will feature a mix of entrepreneurial spaces, educational facilities and research laboratories, corporate offices, residential and retail spaces, hospitality and cultural venues, as well as a robust public realm network that connects the existing neighbourhoods with the adjacent Amtrak 30th Street Station, the third-busiest passenger rail station in the country.

In order to achieve a unified and enduring district identity through each successive phase of the project, the design of the district’s streets and public spaces has been highly defined while the design of the individual buildings allows for variety as parcels develop. The district streets will serve as the public realm plan’s connective tissue, linking one part of the neighbourhood to another to make a cohesive whole out of distinct elements. The proposed street network includes major improvements to the neighbourhood’s existing streets and the addition of new streets and pedestrian connections to establish a circulation network that promotes walking, bicycling, transit, and the use of streets as spaces for social interaction.


Drexel University and Brandywine Realty Trust


SHoP Architects

Consultants: Pennoni Associates Inc., Sam Schwartz Engineering


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