Architecture & Interior design: Morris Adjmi Architects
Furnishings: Chelsea Textile, Gubi, Cassina, Diesel Living, Stellar Works, Stolab, Uhuru; custom designed burnished brass side tables, freestanding sideboards, leather-clad desks, leather sofas and sectionals
Lighting: Anglepoise, Gubi, Lumina, Original BTC, Stone and Sawyer, Workstead
Vintage Lilihan rugs: Old New House
Photo credits: Matthew Williams
The idea of spending longer or shorter periods far from home, for work or other reasons, involves an interruption of one’s habits and everyday routines that can be rather disturbing. The company Method Co., based in Philadelphia, wants to offer clients the possibility of feeling right at home (or even better) thanks to the ROOST Apartment Hotels. These offer apartments of different sizes and types, from studios to one or two bedroom flats, all the way to penthouses. The apartments are elegantly furnished, with refined lighting and details, enhanced by works of art.
The latest entry (in 2019) is the ROOST East Market complex with 60 apartments in Philadelphia, close to the City Hall and the Philadelphia Convention Center. This is the third facility designed, after ROOST Midtown with 27 apartments and ROOST Rittenhouse with the same number, a shared lobby and various options for dining and drinking. In this latest effort New York-based studio Morris Adjmi Architects has worked on both the interior design and that of the new 25-story building.
The 60 apartments of ROOST East Market, of different sizes, stand out for their clean lines, delicate details, use of wood and a range of warm colors. The furnishings range from custom or vintage pieces to more classic and modern design, with Stones & Sawyer lamps by the studio Workstead, sideboards and consoles based on the no-frills minimalism of the American artist Donald Judd, as well as wicker pieces, items by Cassina, Chelsea Textiles, Gubi and Stellar Works.
The atmosphere gets more domestic thanks to the inclusion of Persian carpets in the bedrooms, and works of art from Lumas Galleries. What makes the difference is not just feeling at home, but also the possibility of having other shared services and spaces, including the large hall on the ground floor with a vertical garden, a relaxation area, panoramic terraces, vegetable gardens, barbecue facilities, a heated 20-meter Olympic swimming pool, a fitness center open 24 hours a day, a library, a lounge, a demo kitchen and a private screening room.
Nothing has been left to chance, including the location of the complex, at the edge of Midtown Village, on a street with an eclectic mixture of restaurants and boutiques, facing the legendary Reading Terminal Market, one of the largest and oldest public markets in America, now a favorite gourmet destination.