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150 West Berks Street


Located in the South Kensington neighborhood of Philadelphia, 150 West Berks Street is a proposed seven-story, mixed-use development to include 152 market-rate rental apartments with ground-floor commercial space and resident amenities, 42 parking spaces in a combination of enclosed and open courtyard parking, and an enclosed loading space. The concept extends for an entire block, activating frontage between the residential lobby and walking route toward the nearby Market-Frankford El stop. Zoned for industrial/commercial mixed-use (ICMX), the site requires variances for multi-family residential and height necessary to attain a unit count that makes the project feasible.

CBP Architects developed a scheme that achieved stakeholder support by organizing the commercial space, amenities, parking, and loading on the ground floor with residential units on the upper floors – including top-level setbacks to manage perceived building height. Arranged in three wings, each fronting a surrounding street, the building includes a landscaped buffer and courtyard open to existing townhouses to the south. The primary residential entry, with fitness center above, simulates an inviting double-height glass volume at a primary corner. A palette of brick, dark and light siding, metal storefront and windows, and cast stone offers durability and rhythms of visual interest, while responding to the materiality and scale of nearby residential architecture. Highly fenestrated projecting bays and balconies open the building corners to create nighttime beacons of light. Sustainable design features enable possible LEED certification.

  • Project Category

    Feasibility Studies

  • Client

    Urban Conversions

  • Location

    Philadelphia, PA

  • Number of Units


  • Number of Stories


  • Gross Floor Area

    148,000 sf

  • Program

    Mixed-Use Residential & Commercial