Architectural SSL - December 2014

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probing nano matter and where

Weiss/Manfredi were architects

it can take us. Their base is in a

for the $92.5 million structure.

sculptural steel and glass enclosed

Lighting was designed by the

three-story 78,000-sq.-ft. structure.

Brandston Partnership Inc., with

During the day, the building with

Wai Mun Chui as partner in charge.

its strong geometric profile and

Both design firms are based in

dramatic cantilever is a head-swiv-

New York City.

eling attention-getter. After dark,

Funding for the project, which

its visual identity is sustained by a

opened in the fall of 2013 was

glowing interior, like the center-

initiated with a gift of $20 million

piece of a contemporary canvas.

by Krishna P. Singh, who arrived

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TRANSPARENCY EMBRACED The dramatic profile of the University of Pennsylvania’s Singh Center for Nanotechnology is in full view on a busy Philadelphia thoroughfare that invites the public to visit the public spaces inside. Its design was created to fulfill the administration’s objective to make the Singh Center a transparent example of an innovationdriven and collaborative research environment.


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