Ronald O. Perelman Center for Political Science and Economics, University of Pennsylvania

Achieving a key priority reuniting the department of political science under one roof and putting both economics and political science faculty members in close proximity.

The Perelman Center for Political Science and Economics (PCPSE) consolidates the University’s Political Science Department and Department of Economics in one location. On the north-east corner of Walnut and 36th Streets, the Center comprises the reuse and renovation of the historic West Philadelphia Title and Trust Company building from the late 1920’s, and a new addition to the north of the same area.

The old and new will be fully integrated on the interior, and the new façades of the addition complement the vertical style of the heritage building.

The center’s north addition will feature a new façade that resonates with the vertical style of the historic West Philadelphia Title and Trust Co. building. The main west entrance will be on 36th Street at the intersection of old and new buildings. The scale of the double height ground floor of the old bank building – with its striking heritage windows – is extended into the grade level of the new addition, delivering a highly transparent animated academic ‘storefront’ on 36th Street. The addition’s exterior palette of silver metal, frosted and clear glass is also designed to complement the historic limestone façade.

location

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

client

University of Pennsylvania

completion

2018

size

100,000 s.f.

project type

Education, Heritage

Full Project Credits

Rendering of façade detail

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