KPF’s first residential tower in Philadelphia, the 47-story Arthaus is located along the famed Avenue of the Arts directly across the street from the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. The firm designed every aspect of the building, including the amenity spaces and all 108 residences.
In plan, units are organized in a pinwheel shape around a central core, allowing each residence to occupy a corner of the building. With large windows and two exposures, every apartment is flooded with natural light and offers panoramic views of the Avenue of the Arts, the Philadelphia skyline, the Delaware and Schuylkill Rivers, and beyond. The tower’s broad spans and well-integrated structure enabled more freedom with unit layouts, creating large, open-plan living spaces that incorporate kitchen, dining, and living areas. Each unit also features an eight-foot-deep by sixteen-foot-wide balcony, sheltered by a windscreen, creating a private outdoor room for residents. On the upper floors, the interlocking boxes of Arthaus’ massing rise to different heights, providing larger outdoor terraces for penthouse units while creating a distinctive tower top on the Philadelphia skyline.
The spacious, light-filled residences are contemporary in their design, with clean lines, elegant finishes, and top-quality fixtures. Wide-plank oak flooring runs throughout each unit, including in the kitchen, which features marble or quartz countertops, Poggenpohl cabinets, and Sub-Zero and Wolf appliances. The kitchens are defined by large islands with breakfast bars, and a two-toned color scheme combining grey walnut lower cabinets with matte white volumetric cabinets above. Primary bedroom suites feature five-fixture bathrooms with floor-to-ceiling stone, integrated lighting, and sweeping views.