For decades, Dilworth Park was a maze of raised and sunken terraces, hidden stairways and dark corners. By restoring the sunken plaza to street level, OLIN has provided universal access to the park and created a contemporary public space worthy of its prominent location at the base of City Hall. OLIN collaborated with Urban Engineers and KieranTimberlake to create a vibrant public space that establishes Dilworth Plaza as a central transit hub. The addition of two glass pavilions creates a monumental sculptural gateway to the park and transit concourse below.
The fountain, which is flush with surrounding paving, holds a thin scrim of water and jets, and can be turned off to allow for concerts, events or movies. In wintertime, the fountain will serve as an ice rink. Integrated into the fountain is artist Janet Echleman’s Pulse, an interactive real time representation of the movement of transit lines just below the park, signaled with changing colored ribbons of atomized fog. A low lawn panel, sloped for handicap accessibility, provides an opportunity for passive recreation and sunny seating areas.
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2016, Chicago Athenaeum Green Good Design Award
2015, AIA Philadelphia Gold Medal
2012, AIA Pennsylvania Chapter, Honor Award for Regional and Urban Design
2011, American Institute of Architects Philadelphia Chapter, Silver Award for Design Excellence