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Thursday, May 1, 2008

Comcast's Surprise

Philadelphians have been giving good reviews to the numerous architectural flourishes in the city's first new skyscraper in 15 years, the headquarters of cable giant Comcast Corp.

The lobby features a 120-foot-tall winter garden and artwork titled "Humanity in Motion" by Jonathan Borofsky. Atop steel poles that crisscross the lobby are fiberglass-and-Kevlar figures of people frozen in mid-stride.

Meanwhile, there's a three-flight glass stairway connecting the executive floors and a 400-seat employee cafeteria overlooking the city skyline. It's named Ralph's Cafe, after Ralph Roberts, who founded the company in 1963.

But there's one more design surprise being saved for the building's official opening in a few weeks: The entire back of the lobby will be a huge video wall, a company spokeswoman says. It will feature special artistic programming rather than be tuned to any of Comcast's channels. The wall is a "fun gift to Philadelphia," the spokeswoman says.

Wall Street Journal; April 30, 2008

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