School of Architecture for Penn Design

Project Description

Critic

Peter de Bretteville

Staying true to the project brief for the proposed “new” and “improved” University of Pennsylvania School of Architecture, spaces were measured in terms of the tools, equipment, and seating used to facilitate internal activity and interaction. The movements of occupants and provision of services establish a field of activity, unhindered by vertical, inner partitions. The building envelope expands and contracts as a result of interior demands. Thus, the form grows from a system of relationships facilitating human mobility, without distinct nodes or large, singular, and centralizing spatial gestures, ultimately allowing the occupant complete freedom of movement and expression.