School of Architecture for Penn Design

Project Description

Critic 

Martin Finio

This project is derived from the conceit that the program of the architecture school must accommodate two separate but complementary constituencies — students and faculty. Like any educational institution, the architecture school is dependent upon the integration of both groups. However, the highly iterative and affective nature of design labor creates a unique requirement for individualized spaces. The building’s form emerges as two individual volumes that take on the identity of the students and the institution, respectively. While each mass is physically distinct, they are dependent on one another for structure and support. On the interior, the interstices between the intertwining volumes create public spaces for display, exhibition and collaboration. The result is an irreducible composition of defined parts.