Human connections run the world, having the power to shape how our society understands each other and grows. The idea of creating organic opportunities for people to connect was a main driving force behind the design of Vantage, a 471,000-sf, 984-bed mixed-use student housing development in North Philadelphia adjacent to Temple University. The 19-story building offers an impressive 28,570 sq. ft. of amenities that include a robust study center, expansive indoor/outdoor fitness center, and 18th floor Sky Lounge with 270-degree views. From its outdoor lawn to a seating terrace connecting 32,331 sq. ft. of retail with anchor CVS Pharmacy, and Chase Bank, this best-in-class new development has truly revitalized two of Temple University’s busiest off-campus thoroughfares. Now a vibrant hub of activity, Vantage serves its residents, the Temple campus community at large, and surrounding public schools.
The materiality of the project pulls vibrant red accents from the adjacent phase one building. Extensive glass curtain wall façades fill the interior spaces with natural light and maximize downtown views while sleek metal panels reinforce a modern influence. Exposed steel columns add variation and rhythm to the façade while allowing for the creation of voids strategically adjacent to the fitness center and building entry. Each column is anchored by a dramatically lit perforated metal panel that transforms the space at night to create usable areas where residents enjoy spending time. The property’s interior was designed with a heavy hospitality influence, resulting in a curated collection of upscale amenity offerings atypical for student housing.