60-story Comcast Technology Center opens to the public Thursday

The city's tallest building features modern pieces of art.

Mike Dougherty
October 17, 2018 - 5:27 pm

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Philadelphia's tallest building opens to the public Thursday.

The 60-story, $1.5 billion Comcast Technology Center at 18th and Arch streets is right across the street from the "old" skyscraper, which remains as the media giant's headquarters. 

Even the lobby is a feast for the eyes, where live trees and modern pieces of art work in tandem.

"It's so welcoming. It's so unusual. And both of the art pieces provide warmth," said D'Arcy Rudnay, Comcast executive vice president and chief communications officer. "The ceiling artwork just brings everything to life."

One of the pieces is a mirrored tetrahedron sculpture by British artist Conrad Shawcross.

"Sort of like a beanstalk," Rudnay explained. "It looks like this incredible tree-like structure that's spiraling upward into the sky. So there's this sort of sense of this thing starting in humble beginnings and ascending upward, and it's very optimistic."

There's also a coffee shop with all sorts of fancy snacks, and everyone is welcome starting Thursday.