The 78,000-square-foot Krishna P. Singh Center for Nanotechnology establishes a new gateway to the University of Pennsylvania’s campus while expressing the dynamic, interdisciplinary research that the building itself is designed to facilitate. New York–based Weiss/Manfredi configured advanced laboratories within a network of collaborative public spaces to encourage the exchange and integration of ideas. Glazed public circulation spaces and labs are located around a contemporary variation on the traditional central quad, exposing the work within the complex to visitors and the general public. An interior spiraling sequence of spaces culminates in a multipurpose forum that cantilevers 68 feet over the courtyard. Amber-colored glazing—which prevents ultraviolet light transmittance—marks the cleanroom lab spaces while introducing a distinctive color that notes the high-tech research contained within.
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