Take in the Visual Pizzazz of Moderna at Rittenhouse with Philadelphia Magazine

Apr 16, 2021 /

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The one-of-a-kind townhomes at Moderna at Rittenhouse are the showcase of the latest On the Market segment in Philadelphia Magazine. Sandy Smith highlights the work of U.S. Construction and the property’s architect Shimi Zakin of Atrium Design Group and state-of-the-art construction both inside and out. To take a peak inside and read the full article, click here.

On the Market: Modern New Construction Townhouse in Rittenhouse Square

By Sandy SmithApril 14, 2021

There’s a sunny, midcentury Southern California quality to the facades of the Moderna at Rittenhouse townhouses. The façade is one of several distinctive design elements Atrium Design Studio incorporated into this townhouse for sale (second from left) at 2037 Lombard St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19103 | Bright MLS images via Keller Williams Philly

Whatever else you might say about the townhouses at the Moderna at Rittenhouse townhouse community, the one thing you can’t say about them is that they’re bland and boring.

The reason why: Their architect, Shimi Zakin of Atrium Design Group, doesn’t do bland and boring. His modern designs have some visual pizzazz that also serves a practical purpose.

For instance, take the façade screen of this Rittenhouse Square new construction townhouse for sale and its neighbors. The screens feature handmade ceramic tiles from Spain laid over a stainless-steel lattice to form a textured sculptural element. Here’s how Zakin described them in a news release from its builder, U.S. Construction:

Moderna at Rittenhouse was designed to incorporate a layered buffer between the public space and the private realm, while establishing an architectural point of interest along Lombard Street. The exterior screen not only provides a privacy membrane but also creates a play of shadows in the southern sun.”

The interior design of this townhouse and its neighbors is also designed to maximize the privacy of its private spaces as well as offer some visual drama.

That much should be clear just by looking at the photo of the main floor above. The floor is laid out so that the living room is at the rear, facing the driveway leading to the two-car garage below the rear deck.

The dramatic element in the living room is its full-height stone gas fireplace.

In the dining room, it’s the two-story-high tray ceiling and the chandelier suspended from it. The dining room also has a wet bar with a wine fridge.

The kitchen up front is itself a dramatic work of art with its interplay of white matte-finish cabinetry and gray quartz countertops and backsplash. Even its Sub-Zero refrigerator and Wolf cooktop blend in seamlessly with the cabinetry in true European fashion. (This is the first time I’ve seen a Wolf cooktop that blends in with the cabinetry like this one does.)

The primary suite on the top floor offers similar striking contrasts between its white walls and its hardwood closet storage cabinet doors. You actually enter the bedroom from the stairwell through the open walk-through closet and dressing area.

A corridor lined with more cabinets leads to the primary bathroom, which has a walk-in shower, soaking tub and dual vanity with lit mirrors.

Above the bedroom, stairs and the elevator lead to a full-floor roof deck with panoramic views of the Center City and University City skylines, a hot tub and an outdoor kitchen.

Below it, the third floor has two bedrooms with en-suite baths and a sitting area next to the balcony overlooking the dining area.

This house’s other two bedrooms are on the first floor and in the basement. The first-floor bedroom sits next to the front entrance and is configured here for use as a home office. The one in the basement also has an en-suite bath and can be put to other uses.

Also in the basement is a media room with a full wet bar.

This Rittenhouse Square new construction townhouse for sale is one of three unsold units remaining in the eight-unit Moderna at Rittenhouse development. It’s conveniently located close to the Grays Ferry Triangle, where you will find the neighborhood supermarket; to South 20th Street, which is lined with shops and great restaurants; to South Street West, ditto; and, of course, to Rittenhouse Square itself as well as Fitler Square. You could also walk from here to the Penn campus and University City easily.

Given the combination of knockout design, luxurious amenities, and convenient location these houses offer, it’s little wonder they’ve sold as fast as they’ve been finished, and in the case of one unit, for a price north of $3 million. You will be able to save a little bit with this unit — unless, that is, a bidding war breaks out.



BATHS: 4 full, 3 half


SALE PRICE: $2,799,900

OTHER STUFF: A $120 monthly homeowners association fee covers maintenance of the shared driveway in back.

2037 Lombard St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19103 [Mike McCann | McCann Team | Keller Williams Philly via Bright MLS]

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