Piazza Pod Park, Mixed-Use Outdoor Space

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Piazza Pod Park, Mixed-Use Outdoor Space

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Sitework, Stonework, Landscape Installation

When powerhouse Philadelphia developer Post Brothers envisioned
an innovative “pop-up park” adjacent to their Piazza apartment homes
they turned to trusted partner Shearon Environmental Design to help build
it. The Piazza Pod Park would be a truly original multi-use retail and
restaurant space constructed from repurposed shipping containers.
A singular entertainment venue, the park would host a variety of festivals
and performances in the newly vibrant Northern Liberties section of the

Shearon was there from the ground up. We began with electrical
trenching and cleanup sitework. In order to create plant beds in the barren
urban lot, we excavated 10” of material and replaced it with high-quality
topsoil. All plantings had to stand up to the challenges of heavy foot traffic
and an abundance of direct sun. We chose a hardy blend of Yucca, Stonecrop,
Blue Oat Grass and Hens & Chicks – similar to the one we had installed at
Presidential City, another flagship Post Brothers property. Our designers
also added trees to give the space height and visual interest.

The clean, modern aesthetic of the park is complemented by a palette of
stones. We installed various gravels with metal edging to frame walkways
and fill common areas, and a base of large-diameter riverstone to support
the iconic “Bebot” sculpture at the park’s entrance. Welcoming visitors with
a cheery wave, the “Bebot” embodies the park’s artsy vibe and has become
a go-to selfie spot.

This summer saw the venue become a buzz-worthy Philadelphia attraction.
Additionally, the Piazza Pod Park by Post Brothers has been named the
2019 Commercial Project Transformation of the Year by GlobeSt. We at
Shearon Environmental Design are proud to be contributers and to have
partnered again with one of the city’s most high-profile builders.