We have had our eyes on Weiss/Manfredi’s Krishna P. Singh Center for Nanotechnology for some time. Now that the building — located on the University of Pennsylvania campus — is finished, it’s definitely on our list for a future profile on Cool Spaces! It’s not often that you find a large academic building that is so well integrated into the landscape as the Singh Center is. But this is a hallmark quality of the Weiss/Manfredi’s work.
Here’s an excerpt on the building from Architectural Record (subscription required):
The Art of Science: A new center for the study of nanotechnology merges landscape with building, and sculpture with architecture, reshaping a formerly bleak part of the University of Pennsylvania campus.
The $91.5-million Singh, named after the founder of the energy-technology company Holtec International, who contributed $20 million, naturally contains state-of-the-art research facilities. But the building also encompasses a series of vibrant public spaces often lacking in university science centers. The most obvious of these areas is the new lawn, which functions as the building’s entry court, drawing people from the street, past a sculpted knoll and a monumental and sober sculpture by Tony Smith that once had a home on Penn’s main college green.