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Skirkanich Hall
Skirkanich Hall
Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
At the University of Pennsylvania, Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects has created an elegant new home for the school’s bioengineering department. The facility provides 58,425 square feet (with another 12,000 square feet of renovated space in adjacent buildings) for the department’s 380 undergraduate and 180 graduate students. Thirteen labs within the new building — each designated “wet,” or using physical experimentation — defined the program. The architects’ characteristic material experimentation and sectional variation are present in the building’s entry court and central circulation core, providing a series of cascading levels and gardens that spiral around and outside the ground-floor entry.
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