Philadelphia Yimby recently featured an update on construction progress for Jefferson Health Specialty Care Pavilion at 1101 Chestnut Street in Center City, Philadelphia, part of the mixed-use East Market development.
It is the largest construction project in Jefferson’s 200-year long history and will concentrate many of the institution’s different clinical practices into one, state-of-the-art medical building. The exterior architecture and the public spaces for the 20 story, 462,000 square foot ambulatory care facility are designed by Ennead Architects and being developed by National Real Estate Development.
Forging a new architectural identity and brand for Jefferson Health, the building is clad in a dynamic sculptural glass façade composed of compound curved ‘pleats’ recalling the city’s history of textile innovation. The facility establishes a strong new presence and sets the direction for the institution’s further development.
The Philadelphia Yimby article describes the design, saying, “The facade at once seems to gently ripple in the breeze while still channeling classic Art Deco verticality of prewar skyscrapers. Despite its unabashed modernity, the concave bays of the glass exterior appears to pay homage to the local context as an inversion of the projecting convex bay windows on nearby historic buildings.”