Project Description

University of Pennsylvania, Perry World House

Perry World House is a new center for global engagement located at the heart of the University of Pennsylvania campus. For this project, 1100 Architect preserved a portion of an historic house built in 1851 and merged it with a new limestone-clad structure. The result is a 17,400-square-foot building that allows affiliates from each of the university’s 12 schools to address international affairs in a cross-disciplinary way. By using innovative structural systems, 1100 Architect was able to create open and flexible spaces, accommodating classrooms, meeting rooms, offices, and common areas, all meant to encourage student interaction and multi-disciplinary exchange. At the building’s core is the World Forum, a glass-enclosed atrium that serves as a dynamic multi-use event space capable of hosting seminars, lectures, and special events.

Awards

AIA New York State Design Awards: Award of Citation, 2017

Architizer A+Awards, Popular Choice: Higher Education & Research Facilities, Winner, 2017

Publications

De Monchaux, Thomas. “Perry World House.” ARCHITECT Magazine, March 2017. 

Morris, Lacy. “The 9 Best New University Buildings Around the World.” Architectural Digest, February 2017. 

Romero, Melissa. “Philly’s best new architecture and urban design wins of 2016.” Curbed, December 2016.

Popp, Trey. “Perry World House.” The Pennsylvania Gazette, November 2016.

Saffron, Inga. “Changing Skyline: On Penn’s campus, a new-old building isn’t preservation as we know it.” The Philadelphia Inquirer, August 2016. 

LOCATION: PHILADELPHIA, PA
COMPLETED: 2016
LEED SILVER CERTIFICATION PENDING
PHOTOGRAPHY © PETER AARON

University of Pennsylvania, Perry World House

Perry World House is a new center for global engagement located at the heart of the University of Pennsylvania campus. For this project, 1100 Architect preserved a portion of an historic house built in 1851 and merged it with a new limestone-clad structure. The result is a 17,400-square-foot building that allows affiliates from each of the university’s 12 schools to address international affairs in a cross-disciplinary way. By using innovative structural systems, 1100 Architect was able to create open and flexible spaces, accommodating classrooms, meeting rooms, offices, and common areas, all meant to encourage student interaction and multi-disciplinary exchange. At the building’s core is the World Forum, a glass-enclosed atrium that serves as a dynamic multi-use event space capable of hosting seminars, lectures, and special events.

Awards

AIA New York State Design Awards: Award of Citation, 2017

Architizer A+Awards, Popular Choice: Higher Education & Research Facilities, Winner, 2017

Publications

De Monchaux, Thomas. “Perry World House.” ARCHITECT Magazine, March 2017. 

Morris, Lacy. “The 9 Best New University Buildings Around the World.” Architectural Digest, February 2017. 

Romero, Melissa. “Philly’s best new architecture and urban design wins of 2016.” Curbed, December 2016.

Popp, Trey. “Perry World House.” The Pennsylvania Gazette, November 2016.

Saffron, Inga. “Changing Skyline: On Penn’s campus, a new-old building isn’t preservation as we know it.” The Philadelphia Inquirer, August 2016. 

LOCATION: PHILADELPHIA, PA
COMPLETED: 2016
LEED SILVER CERTIFICATION PENDING
PHOTOGRAPHY © PETER AARON