“The new design brings out the best of the old and highlights the historic features in ways that might have been less successful with a more traditional response. . . . The tension between old and new, tactile and smooth, light and dark, indoor and out, all of this while holding in character with the corporate image—genius.”
—AIA National Honor Awards Jury
Housed in Philadelphia’s historic Navy Yard, this multi-phased corporate campus provides new design studios and office space for the company’s distinctive retail brands, while celebrating the idiosyncratic remnants of 125 years of shipbuilding. The design embraces both the history of the Navy Yard and Urban Outfitters’ modern culture by layering old and new.
Campus commons 2
Campus commons 3
Shared services 2
Urban Outfitters brand
Free People brand
Free People brand 2
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Type: Adaptive reuse
Size: 341,000 square feet
AIA National Honor Award for Architecture.
AIA Minnesota Honor Award.
Business Week /Architectural Record Good Design is Good Business Award.
National Trust for Historic Preservation Honor Award.
Urban Land Institute Awards for Excellence (National and Global).
The Waterfront Center’s Excellence on the Waterfront Honor Award.
Arch Daily Building of the Year (Refurbishment Category).
Preservation Pennsylvania and Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission
Pennsylvania Historic Preservation Award.
Preservation Alliance of Greater Philadelphia Achievement Award.
University of Arkansas Alumni Design Award.