I knew that the Urban Outfitters corporate campus was just down the road at the Navel Yard in Philadelphia but I never imagined it would be as amazing as it is. All 285,000 square feet of the campus looks like a mix between an Anthropology store and an Urban Outfitters, even down to the detail of all the hipsters walking around! The move was considered risky and described as being “equivalent to exiling Manhattan’s Seventh Avenue fashion houses to an industrial park near JFK” by Metropolis Magazine’s Inga Saffron.
The architects, Meyer, Scherer & Rockcastle, Ltd., did an amazing job designing the space, leaving many of the original details of the old factory space intact. Majority of the walls and ceilings were left as they were, and where they decided to cover up the chipped paint, they used rough-sawn wood siding. The mix between the old industrial remnants and the shabby-chic interior elements is exciting to say the least.
Modern patterns on reupholstered Victorian furniture under a 10 ton Niles crane that was once used to move giant ship parts fits perfectly with the mix of Anthropology and Urban Outfitters design styles.
Architects: Meyer, Scherer & Rockcastle, Ltd.
Total construction cost: $100 million
Project Area: 285,000 sqf
Project Year: 2006
Photography: Lara Swimmer Photography