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Krishna P. Singh Center for Nanotechnology

The new Center for Nanotechnology contains a rigorous collection of advanced labs, woven together by collaborative public spaces that enable interaction between different fields.

Poised at the eastern edge of the University of Pennsylvania's campus, the Krishna P. Singh Center for Nanotechnology is the first major academic building that announces the presence of the campus within West Philadelphia. As the University's first cross-disciplinary building, the new research facility encourages the collaboration, exchange, and integration of knowledge that characterizes the study of the emerging field of nanotechnology; and it combines the resources of both the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and the School of Arts and Sciences. Defined by a new central campus green, the building ascends as a spiral of research, reaching its highest elevation at the forum, a meeting space that cantilevers over the quad and opens to views of both the city and campus. 

The building location, on the north side of the 3200 block of Walnut Street, sits adjacent to a major approach to the University from the east. As the foremost major academic building at this entrance to campus, the new Center represents the presence of the campus within University City and communicates the role of Penn as a global leader in scientific research and education. The building and landscape provide a graceful transition to the academic environment and celebrate the commitment of the University to its West Philadelphia neighborhood. 
 
Both the University and Philadelphia have a tradition of organizing buildings around open quads. Laboratory buildings are typically organized around a central corridor and afford little public space. The Center for Nanotechnology focuses the laboratories around a central quad, opening the Sciences to the University landscape and providing a new indoor/outdoor open space for interaction.

A multi-level crossroads, the Krishna P. Singh Center for Nanotechnology signals the University's leadership in the emerging field of nanotechnology. The new 78,000-square-foot facility features state-of-the-art lab spaces, including a 10,000-square-foot Bay/Chase Cleanroom, a 6,500-square-foot Characterization Suite, and 12,000 square feet of Laboratory Modules. Vibrant, centralized public spaces include the public Galleria, conference rooms, and multipurpose Forum space. 

Illuminated site model

Awards
AIA Honor Award, Winner AIA New York Chapter
Award of Excellence Green Roofs for Healthy Cities
AIA Design Award Citation AIA New York State
IDEAS2 Award for Steel Construction American Institute of Steel Construction
Excellence in Structural Engineering Award Structural Engineers Association of New York
ENR Mid-Atlantic's Best Project Award, Category: Best Higher Education / Research Building Engineering News-Record
Higher Education Category, Special Mention Architizer
International Architecture Award Chicago Athenaeum and The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies
American Architecture Award, Winner Chicago Athenaeum and The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies
Press
A Living Room For Modern Science Design Community
Hitting the Books: New Education Architecture Hinge
Annual Design Review Architect Magazine
Facades+: Transparency by Design The Architect's Newspaper
Ideas in Design Surface Magazine
Architecture 2013-2014, Part 3: Miami's Triumph, Sandy's Lessons, Green Gains Sticks & Stones: James Russell
Changing Skyline: Singh Center Enlivens Penn Campus The Philadelphia Inquirer
Penn Going All Out for a Small Science The Philadelphia Inquirer
On the boards: Krishna P. Singh Center for Nanotechnology Architect Magazine
Structural Engineering: Nanotechnology Center Meets Technical Criteria Without Sacrificing Aesthetic Civil Engineering Magazine