Our team took a deliberate and continuous path toward exceptional design from the outset of the project. We set out to create an entirely new ‘envelope’ around the building in order to make use of the existing structure, leave an exceptionally small environmental footprint, and create a modern world-class design.
In order to maintain stunning light and views, and yet become incredibly energy efficient, seven different materials make up the surfaces of the outer walls. We included four types of glass, solid aluminum, and a planted green wall on the eastern face. The façade design obscures the ‘loft’ column grid visible on similar re-habilitated buildings. All of the elements of the building’s skin reflect light differently resulting in a striking Jewel Box.
This attention to detail continues through every element inside. Our best-in-class apartment layouts are incredibly thoughtful and ergonomic. Custom features that can only be found in a Post Brothers apartment include custom-designed hidden loft staircases.
The design of nearly every component in the building is sourced from local manufacturers and artists including sophisticated cabinetry; first-rate overhead lighting, and luxurious materials at every turn.
We are proud to offer the most rigorously planned and best executed apartment building in Philadelphia. Here are just a few highlights among the engineering feats at Goldtex:
- Insulated vision and solara glass
- epoxy coating applied to protect and preserve existing concrete
- spray foam insulation
- cement board sheathing strenghtens structure and serves as a base for weatherproof cladding
- 6’’ air gap for insulation
- cold form metal framing supports new facade
- premium drywall interior finish
- thick concrete floors provide thermal and accoustic insulation
- high performance blueskin waterproof and air barrier
- coated aluminium composite panel
- sustainable and efficient mineral wool insulation
- spray foam insulation
- remote-operated power shade
The Goldtex heating and air conditioning system sets the “gold standard” for energy use and indoor environmental quality. This system utilizes the highest-rated equipment available, allowing each room to be at a different temperature. Through a complex process, waste heat is recycled for maximum efficiency. Unlike other new apartment buildings, extra attention is paid to the comfort inside the apartments with ultra-quiet equipment, offering evenly distributed draft-free air.
A brand new, hyper-efficient exo-skeleton, and wind-generated energy combine to protect our atmosphere. Six inches of new insulation has been installed over the existing concrete skeleton. Heat-blocking glass in all openings, including Solera glass, enhances natural light distribution. The living green wall on the eastern façade further enhances environmental quality.