A Highly Impactful Addition
The project is centered on a three story, glass addition facing the complex’s underutilized main courtyard. Modest in size but dynamic in its effect, the addition weaves new spaces for active student learning into the building’s existing fabric. Its double-height commons opens off the entry and leads to the Science Crossroads, where the building’s many wings come together. The project introduces a new language of transparency and daylight into corridors that extend from it, offering views of the activities in labs and classrooms and fostering connections between the building’s many occupants.
A New Front Door for the Sciences
The addition also helps frame two new campus spaces. A paved entry plaza with a glass canopy provides a new arrival point and public gathering space, significantly improving the approach from Merion Green, the iconic venue for reunions, May Day celebrations and convocation. Just a few steps beyond the entry, an intimate sunken garden offers respite and repose.
Photography: © Halkin Mason Photography