An Old Philadelphia Penthouse Is Brilliantly Transformed Into a Snazzy Co-Working Space
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An Old Philadelphia Penthouse Is Brilliantly Transformed Into a Snazzy Co-Working Space

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By Kathryn McLamb
Presented by Bond Collective
Perched on the top floor in one of the city’s most iconic buildings, Bond Collective’s dreamy new outpost will make you want to come to work—and perhaps never leave.

Here at Dwell, we’ve long adored Bond Collective. While we might be a bit bias—given that our very own New York office is sited in one of their stylish, community-driven co-working spaces—we were ecstatic to hear that the company has just opened a new location in Philadelphia as part of a national expansion. Based on the top floor of a historic Art Deco building in the heart of Center City, Bond Station House will likely take your breath away from the moment you step inside. 

Acclaimed for their five uniquely designed co-working spaces across Manhattan and Brooklyn, Bond Collective has recently opened the doors to their first location outside of New York City. Located on the top floor of one of Philadelphia’s most historic landmark buildings, Bond Station House is conveniently located in the heart of Center City.

Acclaimed for their five uniquely designed co-working spaces across Manhattan and Brooklyn, Bond Collective has recently opened the doors to their first location outside of New York City. Located on the top floor of one of Philadelphia’s most historic landmark buildings, Bond Station House is conveniently located in the heart of Center City.

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"I’ve never experienced a space quite like this one," states Shlomo Silber, CEO and co-founder of Bond Collective. "The wraparound terrace pulls in such incredible natural light and fresh air—it’s spectacular. With the mesmerizing skyline views and exquisite interior design, I wish I worked in the Bond Station House," he jokingly adds.

Staying true to Bond Collective’s design philosophy, Bond Station House was inspired by its surrounding community. Nestled in a breathtaking Art Deco building, the contemporary co-working space blends a rich combination of luxe style and relaxed sophistication.

Staying true to Bond Collective’s design philosophy, Bond Station House was inspired by its surrounding community. Nestled in a breathtaking Art Deco building, the contemporary co-working space blends a rich combination of luxe style and relaxed sophistication.

Like Bond Collective’s other five locations spread across New York City, Bond Station House was specifically designed with its future members in mind. "What’s remarkable about Bond Collective is that no two spaces are ever the same," explains Elide Rathborne, director of design at Bond Collective. "We draw inspiration from each location’s neighborhood, and revolve the design around that unique community. We want our members to not only feel valued and listened to, but also feel extremely comfortable here."

Sprawling across 22,000 square feet, the vast Bond Station House showcases 25’ ceilings in the main lounge and features an array of custom built meeting areas and communal spaces. Gorgeous natural light pours in throughout from the wraparound penthouse terraces.

Sprawling across 22,000 square feet, the vast Bond Station House showcases 25’ ceilings in the main lounge and features an array of custom built meeting areas and communal spaces. Gorgeous natural light pours in throughout from the wraparound penthouse terraces.

"For us, interacting with the people who will ultimately be using these spaces is the best part about hospitality design," says Thomas Gibbons, the creative director at Bond Collective who spearheaded the design of the Bond Station House together with Rathborne and Katharina Horath of Christian Lahoude studio. "We like to have the members move in and make the space their own, as the design then becomes a marriage of what we intended and what they transform it into. This way, each location truly becomes a reflection of the personality of each community."

"One of my favorite pieces we designed for the space is the reception desk," says Thomas Gibbons, creative director at Bond Collective. "It’s upholstered in this beautiful, channeled deep-chocolate leather and topped with marble." The space also houses custom chevrons and motifs, as well as light European oak floors.

"One of my favorite pieces we designed for the space is the reception desk," says Thomas Gibbons, creative director at Bond Collective. "It’s upholstered in this beautiful, channeled deep-chocolate leather and topped with marble." The space also houses custom chevrons and motifs, as well as light European oak floors.

"With the Bond Station House, one of my favorite aspects about the space is its rich history," notes Gibbons. "The building is such an Art Deco gem, so to be able to refurbish the top floor of the building, exhume its details, and celebrate its past has been an incredibly rewarding experience." 

A peek inside one of the many conference rooms at Bond Station House. Inspired by old-world aesthetics and lasting modernism, the co-working space beautifully merges timeless design with plush, new-age details.

A peek inside one of the many conference rooms at Bond Station House. Inspired by old-world aesthetics and lasting modernism, the co-working space beautifully merges timeless design with plush, new-age details.

From repurposing much of the original marble to incorporating beautiful, custom chevrons and motifs, Rathborne and Gibbons have seamlessly blended old with new. "In many ways, this building represents a great comeback story," Gibbons says. "We worked hard to illuminate as many connections to the original architecture as possible, and while finding these little moments was more for us, we really hope our members will appreciate them as well."

From the myriad of locations for working and gathering sprinkled throughout to the calming "Zen" room/library that encourages relaxation, every inch of Bond Station House has been thoughtfully designed to make each of its members feel as comfortable (and productive) as possible.

From the myriad of locations for working and gathering sprinkled throughout to the calming "Zen" room/library that encourages relaxation, every inch of Bond Station House has been thoughtfully designed to make each of its members feel as comfortable (and productive) as possible.

"We never want people to dread coming to work," concludes Rathborne. "Our goal is to transport them into a space that they want to be in. We hope Bond Station House can be that space, as it’s certainly been an amazing project to bring to life."

The view from the space’s wraparound terrace. Situated in the heart of Philadelphia’s Center City, Bond Station House is just steps away from Liberty Place, City Hall, and Reading Terminal.

The view from the space’s wraparound terrace. Situated in the heart of Philadelphia’s Center City, Bond Station House is just steps away from Liberty Place, City Hall, and Reading Terminal.