French Architect to Give Philadelphia a Design Twist

The Presidential City redevelopment includes 1,000 units built in the 1950s and combines "classical references with contemporary aesthetics."
Adam's Lounge, Presidential City

Adam’s Lounge, Presidential City, Philadelphia

Philadelphia—Post Brothers has announced it has tapped French architect Philippe Maidenberg to design the lobby and model residences at The Adams, the fourth and final building to be redeveloped at Presidential City. The residential redevelopment project of more than 1,000 units built in the 1950s at the foot of City Avenue in Philadelphia began in 2013.

This will be Maidenberg’s first project in the United States. He is well-known for his work in Paris, including Hotel 34B, Joke Hotel and the Hotel 123 Sebastapol, the number-one hotel in Paris, according to TripAdvisor.

“Our goal at Presidential City is to reinvent what had become a bland apartment complex into a community that really shows a passion for quality and innovation,” said Mike Pestronk, CEO of Post Brothers. “We have created distinct but harmonious aesthetics for each of Presidential City’s towers and amenity areas, and we’re excited to have Phillippe bring his vision to its final building.”

Maidenberg’s designs combine classical references with contemporary aesthetics. “When considering the designs and elements used in the project, we’re preserving several historical references mixed with a fresh, modern design,” said Maidenberg.

Adam’s Lobby, Presidential City

Adam’s Lobby, Presidential City, Philadelphia

Post Brothers has also placed the finishing touches on The Jefferson at Presidential City, a 331-unit residential tower and the third building to be completed.

The one-, two- and three-bedroom redeveloped residences feature lavish finishes such as porcelain tile, deep soaking tubs and thermo-controlled showers with rain-style and spray body jets. Additional services include a 24/7 front desk attendant, a lounge area with afternoon tea, VIP arrangements, valet parking, housekeeping and personal service options, and the convenience of full-time “Presidential concierge” services.

Rooms feature recessed LED overhead lighting and energy-efficient, carbon-free electric heating and cooling systems. Living areas are accented with quartz windowsills, energy star appliances and exotic, sustainable Sapele hardwood flooring. Kitchens feature antimicrobial quartz countertops, wood grained drawer spaces and high gloss cabinetry. Residents will also benefit from premium integrated stainless steel appliances and unique features such as glass tile backsplash and a movable island, all of which are highly customizable to each resident’s preference.

Presidential City’s amenities also include a pool and leisure space, Sora Pool Club. The Southeast Asian-inspired community is composed of three outdoor temperature-controlled pools, an expansive sundeck area and a full outdoor kitchen, as well a rooftop lounge overlooking the pool club.

Images courtesy of Post Brothers