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University of Pennsylvania Music Building

Ann Beha Architects

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Kari Scullin, Ann Beha Architects

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University of Pennsylvania Music Building

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25,000 sq. feet


University of Pennsylvania

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Project Description

ABA’s $13M renovation and expansion of the historic Music Building consolidates dispersed academic resources, revitalizes a prominent 19th century landmark, and provides new common spaces for faculty and students. It serves as a model for the compatibility of historic and contemporary design expression. As the campus’ first building project to receive LEED Gold, the Music Building exceeds energy standards with energy efficient building systems and controls, daylighting, and by using purchased renewable energy.

Equal in size to the historic structure, the addition extends the existing building’s massing, materiality, rhythms and proportions. The most acoustically critical programs are housed in the addition, including classrooms, recital and practice rooms, recording studios and faculty offices. Small and large landscaped spaces create new quiet study and gathering areas, and open the Music Department and activities to the University.

The University of Pennsylvania Music Building project received awards from the Society for College and University Planning, the Boston Society of Architects, the Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia, and Preservation Pennsylvania.
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