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Urban Outfitters: Free People Brand Office (Building 25)

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    • an abandoned building in Philadelphia's historic navy yard became the brand office for Free People
    • Overview

      The second phase of a multi-phased corporate campus development, this project involved the conversion of an abandoned building in Philadelphia’s historic Navy Yard into the new office for Urban Outfitters’ Free People brand.

      Free People experienced the greatest percentage of growth among the Urban Outfitters brands since the corporation relocated to the Navy Yard in 2006. In three years, they went from 65 staff to 130, surpassing their maximum staff projection for 2010 by 40 people. Expanding into Building 25 has allowed them to accommodate 275 staff comfortably with the option to grow into the new space, which offers abundant amenities, such as critique areas, conference rooms, and informal lounges. The design honors the 1904 Renaissance Revival building’s history as a coppersmith shop and foundry by fully restoring the historic façade and carefully inserting new elements within, including a custom teak and steel staircase in the main entry atrium and interior gardens with bamboo trees. Daylight and framed views of the floating dry dock garden outside enhance the quality of the interior workspace.

    • abundant natural light accentuates interior gardens
    • a custom teak and steel staircase was added to the main entry atrium
    • the building features a variety of informal lounges, conference rooms, and critique spaces
    • open workspaces to accommodate the growing staff
    • storage solutions delineate the open format
    • Specifications

      Location: Philadelphia, PA

      Type: Adaptive Reuse

      Size: 56,000 square feet

    • Project Contact

      Josh Stowers

      • Architect / Principal
      • josh@msrdesign.com
      • 612 889 0034
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      Leanne Larson

      • Interior Designer / Senior Associate
      • leanne@msrdesign.com
      • 651 402 2054
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