Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corporation
301-305 N. 9th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Ms. Cecilia Yep
Total Project Cost: $6M
Creating site improvements for a housing development in Philadelphia's
Chinatown North Housing, a development of 15 townhouses and 34 partially
subsidized housing units is located above an active railline tunnel and
bounded by the noisy streets and highways of center city Philadelphia.
The site improvements and furnishings created a new central environment
inspired by the character of the surrounding Chinatown community. Architectural
details and accents evoke a true sense of place where visitors can have
a sense of peace and quiet within a bustling urban environment.
Components of the site upgrade included a community center/courtyard,
walking trails, central open space, new walkways and noise buffering landscaping.
The layout dealt elegantly with a very restricted area in a busy part
of Philadelphia's downtown.
The resulting upgrade proudly showcases what can be achieved when a community
provides the inspiration for a project. Synterra Ltd.'s multicultural
staff was responsible for the project planning. This multicultural perspective
provided the essential cross-cultural insights and artistic sensitivity
this project demanded.