1200 Intrepid

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1200 Intrepid
General information
Type Office
Location Philadelphia
Technical details
Floor count 4
Floor area 92,000 sq ft (8,547 m2)
Design and construction
Architect Bjarke Ingels

1200 Intrepid is an office building located in the Philadelphia Navy Yard.[1] It was designed by architectural firm BIG, which is led by Danish architect Bjarke Ingels. It was built by Turner Construction. Construction began in 2015 and was completed in 2016.[2] The building's first tenant is Penn Capital Management.

The building was built on spec, without a specific designated tenant. It was designed with the curving shape of battleships in mind, as well as the design of the circular park adjacent the building. Despite the curving of the building's walls, it nevertheless conforms to the Robert A. M. Stern's master plan for the Navy Yard, which calls for traditional, box-shaped office buildings.[1]

Inga Saffron, the architecture critic for the Philadelphia Inquirer referred to the building's curved wall as "mesmerizing".[3] Ingels has compared the white concrete panels that make up the building's facade to "...bracelets of a watch [tilting to create] a graceful, organic space and inviting cavelike canopy".[4]


  1. ^ a b Jennings, James (16 June 2015). "Holy Bjarke Ingels! Starchitect-Designed Office Building Coming to The Navy Yard". Philadelphia Magazine. Retrieved 19 June 2017. 
  2. ^ Romero, Melissa (14 July 2016). "BIG's 1200 Intrepid Nears Completion at the Navy Yard". Curbed. Retrieved 19 June 2017. 
  3. ^ Saffron, Inga (4 June 2016). "Changing Skyline: Optical illusion makes architect Bjarke Ingels' new Navy Yard building mesmerizing". Philly.com. Retrieved 19 June 2017. 
  4. ^ Romero, Melissa (14 June 2016). "BIG's 1200 Intrepid Nears Completion at the Navy Yard". Curbed. Retrieved 19 June 2017.