From some angles, the American Loft building at Brown and American Streets in Philly’s Northern Liberties looks more like a competition entry than an actual building.
But the 10-story, 40-unit building, designed by Winka Dubbeldam of New York-based Archi-Tectonics, is visually striking, with crisp detailing.
But this is an architect’s building in more ways than one: the best part of the design is to be seen around back.
Straight from the comic-book pages of the Archigram Walking City, the columns of the open parking garage look as though the building not only has rooftop views of the Delaware River, but can right well walk itself over for a float. Wicked cool.