Blackney Hayes Architects provided design concepts for a new performing arts center that would be located in the heart of South Philadelphia. The goal was to create a center where the arts would be utilized as an instrument to initiate social action to cultivate talent and revitalize the community. As designed, the center comprises 42,000 square feet, including a 250-seat theatre, dance instruction and practice studios, as well as classrooms for various arts and crafts and video production.
BHA created design concepts for a new 160-unit condominium complex. The proposed site was a former scrap yard located between the residential neighborhood of 2nd Street and the industrial environment of American Street in Philadelphia. The design concept envisioned three new buildings – a seven story mid-rise, a 4-story residential unit and a one or two story industrial structure.
The buildings reflect the shift between neighborhoods by using more traditional materials, such as brick for the residential units and metal panel for the outside of the industrial artist studios.
Blackney Hayes Architects was commissioned to develop design concepts for the adaptive re-use of an existing building in Philadelphia. The Owner’s goal was to create a nine- story structure incorporating approximately 200 residential units plus ground floor retail space along with renovations.
The firm was charged with creating a vision for an entire block incorporating the adaptive re-use of an existing 3-story brick building into ground floor retail, with parking and residential units above a 7-story overbuild, thereby creating a 200-room hotel and a new 150-unit residential building. In addition to successfully integrating the new construction with the existing building, BHA maximized views toward Independence Mall by rotating the overbuilt mass 45 degrees and creating an outdoor roof terrace. A dynamic elevator tower element and textural treatment of the walls create an iconic focal point at the northeast corner.