The Krishna P Singh Centre of Nanotechnology at the University of Pennsylvania is a science hub unlike any other. It's a state-of-the-art research facility designed by prolific architecture firm, Weiss/Manfredi. It's now open to pioneer scientific discoveries and for epic architecture gawking.
Construction on the 78,000 sq. ft. cantilevered building began in 2008. Though the primary purpose of the building is focused on nanotechnology research, it will be a "cross-disciplinary building, bringing together the fields of chemistry, physics and multiple iterations of engineering under one roof."
The Singh Center is the crown jewel, and positions the school towards becoming the United States’ foremost authority on nano-science research and education. Nanotechnology research impacts everything from regenerative medicine and drug delivery systems to efficient ways of creating and storing electricity and harvesting fresh water from seawater. As a result, the building’s characterisation and fabrication suites are situated in bedrock, 18 ft below ground level, to minimise any vibrations that might affect atomic and electron microscopes.
Every detail regarding the building's form followed its function. For instance, due to the sensitive nature of the scientific equipment, the elevators are peripherally located, which allowed for a "dramatic, monumental staircase" connecting various parts of the building together. In addition, the glass cladding provides an "airiness that is atypical of science research buildings." Indoors, "cheerful panels of amber glass" help to cut down on UV wavelengths in research areas. There is a gorgeous relationship between indoor and outdoor space represented in the building's design as well. Visit it to decide for yourself whether it's Philadelphia's most beautiful building. [Wallpaper]
Photos via Weiss/Manfredi.