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Urban Outfitters: IT Department Office (Building 14)

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    • flexible workspaces allow easy adaption for future needs
    • Overview

      As part of a multi-phase corporate campus development project, MSR converted Building 14 in Philadelphia’s historic Navy Yard into Urban Outfitters’ IT and online sales department facility.

      As with many buildings in Philadelphia’s Navy Yard, Building 14 has had a wide array of uses. It was originally constructed in 1901 as an open storage shed. At the onset of World War II, the building was fully enclosed and converted into a facility for assembling and testing torpedoes. In the years following, Building 14 served several purposes until it was finally decommissioned in the early 1990s. Tailored specifically for the building’s users, the converted building features spatial variety and flexibility. The design exposes rich layers of history to embody the over-arching aesthetic of Urban Outfitters’ brand identity. Seamlessly integrating building infrastructure with furniture design enables a high degree of flexibility in the workspace. The client can easily reconfigure the space to adapt to evolving needs. Conference areas located throughout the building vary in size and technological features per user group requests. Other building amenities include two kitchen areas, an exterior garden, and an exterior patio/social space.

    • building 14 has a rich history and has been used for a wide variety of purposes
    • design exposes rich layers of history to embody the over-arching aesthetic of Urban Outfitters’ brand identity
    • conference areas located throughout the building vary in size
    • Specifications

      Location: Philadelphia, PA

      Type: Adaptive Reuse

      Size: 24,000 square feet

    • Project Contact

      Josh Stowers

      • Architect / Principal
      • josh@msrdesign.com
      • 612 889 0034
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      Sam Edelstein

      • Architect / Associate
      • sam@msrdesign.com
      • 612 375 8715
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