MKDA worked with the NBA team Philadelphia 76ers to create a facility for practices, basketball operations, and back of house business operations.
The player-facing spaces are highly customized in order to accommodate the players’ height. The design is largely urban industrial, and features reclaimed wood, distressed metal, and subway tile. There is a restaurant and a player’s lounge that overlooks the court; this space includes a ping pong table, pool table, and television set ups. The back office space is an open work area in a similar highly branded and industrial style. In one of the conference rooms, two reception desks, and one feature wall, MKDA was able to utilize reclaimed basketball court flooring saved from Hershey Sports Arena on which Wilt Chamberlain played his 100 point game.
In collaboration with Kimball, MKDA created an innovation lab that caters to the needs of rapidly growing, early stage companies. The 76ers wanted to create a space to support local Camden, NJ start up companies, these are short term tenants. The space is, at its core, flexible, because change is the single constant. Modular furniture is utilized, and there are minimal offices devoted to full time tenants. The space serves as an example of the smart workplace of the future; it is a collaborative, features an open pantry and multiple breakout areas. All of the product used is cutting-edge.
Photography: Jasper Sanidad