University of Pennsylvania | Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Located on the second floor of the Van Pelt-Dietrich Library, the Lippincott Library serves the Wharton School of Business. The library sought to replace a shrinking periodical and reserve collection with a new seminar room while reconfiguring the adjacent service desks. VMA found an ingenious solution that made maximal use of space which previously was mostly redundant circulation. The design rises to the high level of detail and the architectural context of the existing space.
The Snyder Seminar Room is a functional space, with glass markerboards and acoustic separation from surrounding spaces, and a flexible one. Fine wood paneling & trim match the existing detailing. Full-height translucent glass panels bring additional light into the space while maintaining privacy. The lighting is adjustable. The furniture can be arranged into rows, groups, or conference layouts. The markerboards and can be pushed to the side when the projection screen is in use.
The service desk was reoriented towards the main entrance, and the staff workspace was resized to more precisely suit their daily needs. A cork floor is simultaneously beautiful and practical, as it can withstand the demands of a heavy-traffic area. Existing millwork, shelving, and a portion of the existing reference desk were salvaged and reused, a budget-conscious design solution that also improved the project’s overall sustainability.
Size: 2,150 sf
Architecture, Interior Design, Planning