Designed by Louis Kahn and constructed in 1961, the Richards Medical Research Laboratory is a National Historic Landmark consisting of four towers (A, B, C, and D) in a pinwheel configuration. Driving two separate projects is the fact that Richards has not been comprehensively renovated and is no longer suitable for the wet-bench research for which it was constructed: building systems have served beyond their useful life. Starting with C and D towers, improvements consisted of designing a tenant fitout of the basement, first, second, third, fourth and seventh floors to accommodate four different user groups.
University of Pennsylvania
Atkin Olshin Schade Architects