University of Pennsylvania Law School | Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
The second phase of a completed masterplan for the University of Pennsylvania Law School involved the reconfiguration and renovation of the library, Admissions suite, and surrounding support spaces located on the first and second floors within Tanenbaum Hall.
The distinction between academic space and social space is designed to be subtle. Lecture and discussion are not confined to the classroom; research and class work are not confined to the library or computer labs. To communicate and accommodate the dynamic and fluid character of the intellectual community, our design distributes spaces for study and collegiality throughout the school. Corridors are provided with tables and chairs to create flexible spaces for individual and group study but also for gathering and taking breaks. Abundant interior glazing helps blur the notion of rigidly defined spaces for academics and socializing, creating a sense of openness and interaction between spaces that are traditionally separated. For example, supporting the theme of transparency in the school’s institutional mission, the new Admissions suite and adjacent open student lounge, both visible and private from each other, let prospective students feel like a part of the Penn Law community at their very first visit.
Interior Design completed in assocation with Executive Interiors
Size: 26,5000 sf
Budget: $2.6 million