Press Recognition for Richards

We are pleased to be recognized for our recently completed renovation of the Richards Laboratory Building at the University of Pennsylvania. In his article for the AIA Philadelphia’s Context, Penn’s University Architect David Hollenberg discusses the challenges of renovating this historic Louis I. Kahn building, the second National Historic Landmark on Penn’s campus. Hollenberg writes:

“The powerful foundation of our activity is a commitment to continuity of use – reusing this science building as a science building. Although the principle of continuing to use buildings for their designed purposes does not find its way explicitly into much of preservation policy, it certainly characterizes and enhances many much loved NHLs – including such local examples as City Hall, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, and the Academy of Music”

Inga Saffron, the Philadelphia Inquirer architecture critic, also recently wrote about the project. Her Changing Skyline piece Turning Richards Labs into the Building Louis Kahn Wanted It to Be explores Kahn’s original design, including both the high points and the flaws. She commends the renovation work and states:

“The renovation has pared Kahn’s spaces down to their essence, restoring a Zenlike calm, and revealing the muscular concrete structure that made the design such a revelation in the early 1960s, when International Style glass towers were all the rage. As Kahn, who was known for his mystical pronouncements, might say, Richards has become the building it always wanted to be.”