3601 Market Street
Over the last several years, the Science Center has taken a page from successful innovation hubs in San Francisco and Cambridge to transform our community to a dynamic environment beyond traditional working hours. Street-level retail and restaurants were the first step to attract foot traffic.
But to have a truly vibrant neighborhood, you need residents. In the summer of 2015, the first residential building in the Science Center’s 53-year history opened its doors at 3601 Market Street. The building features an outdoor pool, fitness center with yoga and spin classes, a game room – and, naturally, ground-floor retail and restaurants.
The building’s marquee canopy signals that 3601 Market is someplace special. With 3,600 white LEDs programmed in an ever-changing sequence, Leo Villareal’s Light Matrix fuses light, art and technology in a way that is uniquely appropriate for its context within uCity Square. The installation, funded by the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority’s Percent for Art Program, brings art to the street level and engages the public.
Not only was the 28-story residential building the first of its kind for the Science Center and uCity Square, it was also the largest residential construction project in Philadelphia in 2015, with 363 units.
3601 Market Street was developer Southern Land Company’s first foray into the Philadelphia market – and it won’t be their last at uCity Square. The developer is expected to break ground on the second residential project at uCity Square in late 2016.