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York Square


York Square is an award-winning development of 60 live-work loft units on a once industrial brownfield site in Philadelphia’s Old City neighborhood. Through the introduction of a residential program, York Square proved an excellent example of urban infill developed with community involvement and public support. The project has been recognized for effective site planning that reestablishes the neighborhood fabric with safe and attractive pedestrian frontage on three sides, including on-street parking, street trees, and lighting.

CBP Architects designed the building with views framing the Benjamin Franklin Bridge and historic St. Augustine and Old St. George churches. Units feature a clean, contemporary aesthetic with exposed concrete structural elements, nearly 10-foot ceiling heights, high quality cabinetry, hardwood floors, and oversized bay windows. The design has almost twice as much exterior wall area per square foot of interior floor space than a typical loft conversion, and extra insulation between units to mitigate sound transmission. Amenities include underground parking for 60 vehicles, a landscaped courtyard entry, and terraces or balconies at many of the units. Exterior materials such as brick and zinc panels respect and reflect the character of the neighborhood in a thoroughly modern way. Careful attention was paid to massing, with the corners and parts of two floors lowered in response to the smaller scale of nearby buildings. Five of the ground-floor courtyard units are permitted for residential or commercial use, providing for live-work opportunities.

  • Project Category

    Market Rate Multifamily

  • Client

    Berkshire Vine Street, LP

  • Location

    Philadelphia, PA

  • Number of Units


  • Number of Stories


  • Gross Floor Area

    100,000 sf

  • Program

    New Condominium Building