University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine

Modernized interior of the Richards Labs

Richards Medical Research Laboratories

University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine

STEM

Contemporary interventions guided by careful analysis of the original design unlock the potential of an outdated facility.

Considerable functional shortcomings made this design icon the target of much venom for over fifty years. Our modernization brought the technical requirements of laboratories into alignment with Kahn’s plan and spatial design, while vastly improving building functionality and energy performance. In this article, the designer discusses strategies and tactics for invisibly modernizing an iconic but challenging structure.

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Architecture Critic Inga Saffron explains how the renovation of this iconic building brought Kahn's original vision to life. More