School of Architecture for Penn Design


Project Description


Emily Abruzzo

The first rule of this architecture school is: there are no artificial lights. You come at sunrise and leave when it gets dark. The second rule of this architecture school is: students are not assigned desks. They move from space to space, desk to desk, performing different tasks. This movement will therefore be governed by changes in light and shadow. These rules are a critique of current architecture education, and stem from an interest in ‘time’ as it applies to architecture students.

The building’s conceptual diagram takes the form of a mat with different roofs, modulating natural light differently. Half the building folds upwards creating a tower where roofs are treated as windows, and each roof type has a unique structural logic, while shadow studies inform locations for specific programs.