Navy Yards Central Green

James Corner Field Operations

Project Lead: James Corner Field Operations, Landscape Architecture & Urban Design.
Project Team: James Corner, RLA, Founding Partner, Design Director; Sarah Weidner Astheimer, Senior Associate, Project Manager; Matt Grunbaum, Associate, Project Designer; Kimberly Cooper, Associate, Project Designer; and Sanjukta Sen, Project Designer.
Client: Liberty Property Trust.
Photographs: Halkin Mason Photography.

Field Operations has designed the 5-acre Central Green at the heart of the Philadelphia Navy Yard Corporate Center. The site was historically marked by wetlands, meadows, and bird habitat and is growing into Philadelphia’s most innovative and progressive corporate neighborhood.

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The design unites the cutting edge urban potential of the site with its native habitat, resulting in a new type of environment that is sustainable, green, and natural as well as social, active, and urban. A 20-ft wide Social Track organizes the site’s circulation and frames a unique, immersive interior park featuring flowering meadows, a hammock grove, an outdoor amphitheater, bocce courts, and fitness stations.

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Plan

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Size: 5 acres.
Budget: $7.4 million.