When Drexel University in Philadelphia opened the Diamond Schmitt-designed Papadakis Integrated Sciences Building in 2011, it sought to do more than provide students and staff with first-class academic and lab space. Located at a key intersection that divides the campus from neighbouring University of Pennsylvania, the building was to inject the corner with new energy and sense of urban place making.
The intersection has now been fully developed on all sides, creating “a vital urban conversation, with Drexel largely initiating the dialogue,” writes Ann de Forest in Hidden City Philadelphia.
The limestone-clad science building possesses a high degree of internal transparency and connection with the street. It’s “the kind of architecture where the real lessons about city-building can be taught,” wrote Philadelphia Inquirer architecture critic Inga Saffron when it opened.
Read the complete story here on Hidden City Philadelphia of urban transformation and how the Papadakis Integrated Sciences Building led the way in establishing a dynamic urban exchange.