Vance Hall, Wharton Graduate Center

Philadelphia, PA

Space around the dramatic double-height lobby is reserved for shared meeting facilities and administrative functions.

Client
The University of Pennsylvania
Completion
1972
Size
98,000 Square Feet
Cost
$6 Million
Role
Architect
Description

This 98,000 SF classroom building sits opposite the entry to Penn’s landmark Memorial Towers gothic dormitory complex. Penn to imposed a four story height limit for this building. The project was also shaped by the university’s master plan that dictated a series of open green spaces contained within perimeter blocks, leaving a relatively small slice of land to accommodate this large program.

The lower, most heavily populated levels house seminar rooms, a computer center, lounges, and stepped-floor spaces used for case-study method classes. The first and second floors are linked along their entire length by a sky-lit, double-height gallery with internal windows overlooking the space. The upper levels are reserved for quieter and more private uses such as offices, study, and research.

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