Dezeen's Dan Howarth shares Skidmore Owings & Merrill's (SOM) recent masterplan to transform the 175-acre area around 30th Street Station in Philadelphia, which is currently the third busiest station in the United States and is projected to increase its transit activity.

The proposal calls for a complete overhaul of the 1933 Beaux-Arts building, which was originally designed by Graham, Anderson, Probst and White. Amtrak, who owns the station, selected the team to work on the project in collaboration with Parsons Brinckerhoff, OLIN, and HR&A Advisors.

The overarching plan encompasses a new city quarter designed by New York studio SHoP Architects and Dutch landscape firm West 8, which would extend the skyline beyond the current boundary of the Schuylkill River. It will aim to connect Philadelphia's Center City and University City downtown districts with improved transport links, and better routes for cyclists and pedestrians. Space for new and expanded buildings for Drexel University will also be created.

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