For those following the work of Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) , it may come as a surprise that until until last week, the firm did not have an office building in its portfolio. Apartment building? Check. Hospital? Check. Epic subterranean navy museum? Check. But no formal working space. News hit late last week, however, that BIG’s very first office building opened as part of Philadelphia’s ambitious urban development project, the Navy Yard. The 92,000-square-foot structure, known by its address, 1200 Intrepid Avenue, showcases the firm's signature dynamism, with its doubly curved façade warping to shade the exterior approach. Rendered in precast concrete panels, the building mirrors the city’s grid lines on its other three sides. Paying homage to the area’s maritime history, BIG added an actual periscope that provides ample natural light and views of the neighborhood’s boat basin.

Inside 1200 Intrepid Avenue.

The 1,200-acre Navy Yard, whose master plan was conceived by Robert A.M. Stern in 2004, is home to more than 7.5 million square feet of office space and offers the city’s workforce a singular commitment to sustainable development.


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