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Cherry Street Pier, An AIA Philadelphia Winning Project.

Cherry Street Pier, Wins AIA Philadelphia Award for Historic Preservation/Adaptive Reuse

 The Cherry Street Pier was awarded, a 2019 Historic Preservation/Adaptive Reuse Award at last night’s AIA Philadelphia Awards Banquet. The Delaware River Waterfront Corporation came up with the plan to renovate the existing unoccupied century-old municipal pier into a mixed-use space.

The pier reclaims a piece of the city’s industrial infrastructure as a cultural and commercial anchor along the Delaware River, returning it to the public realm. A tactical investment strategy maximizes the Pier’s public presence, with a series of programmed clusters of shipping containers inserted into the existing warehouse. These structures create a series of permanent and temporary environments for food, drink, work, shopping, recreation, art, and events. At the end of the pier, the roof of the existing structure was removed, creating a garden open to the sky with framed views of the Ben Franklin Bridge and the river. 

AIA Philadelphia celebrated the culmination of its 150th anniversary year by celebrating the accomplishments of member architecture firms and individuals. More than 20 local architecture firms were honored for their excellence in design and 6 individuals for their contributions to the architecture industry. Five new categories of awards were introduced this year including the first-ever Sustainability Award. More than 20 individual and firm awards were presented including an unprecedented two honorees for the coveted Gold Medal, the highest award of the night. 

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