A School for Design

Yale School of Architecture, Fall 2014

Critic: Martin Finio

Site: University of Pennsylvania

Serving as both a School of Architecture and a gateway to the University of Pennsylvania Campus, a new school for design emerges from a framework of site specific axes and vectors of movement. Vertical Planes at the ground level rotate along the diagonal of Woodland Walk creating a permeable filter of planes. This system directs movement both into the institution and through the site into the University of Pennsylvania campus framed by the free-standing vertical planes of the school’s structure. Moving into and upwards through the center of the school, the building reorients itself towards the city. The internal walls and facade planes rotate centrifugally around the atrium, creating a fragmented, yet voyeuristic interaction between the architecture studios occupying the upper levels of the building and the unifying central void.