The Agnes Irwin School, Science & Art Center

Rosemont, Pennsylvania

Within this 33,350-square-foot building, only a 4,300-square-foot auditorium is original. The building is based on the idea of an art gallery. Its two-story entry lobby, open stair and corridors feature appropriate surfaces and lighting to display art. Circulation spaces and displays are illuminated by windows, glass walls and skylights. The spaces emphasize movement; ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$300.00CITATIONWilliam W. Caudill CitationFEATURED IN2006 Architectural Portfolio can view art and activities in science labs, music rooms, and dance and art studios.

The design uses the materials of the campus: stone, brick, glass, metal panels and metal roofs. Labs are on the second floor behind glass and metal facades. Art spaces, surrounded by heavy masonry and stone walls, are simple and loft-like, with unpretentious finishes. The building is communal and interactive; people see what is going on and are stimulated by it.

The center transforms the campus. It holds the edge of the entry drive. The bridge that connects the two campus buildings creates the main pedestrian gateway to the inner campus. The auditorium lobby faces the campus outdoor space. The center is intertwined completely with the fabric of this dense campus.

"A nice blend of materials. Inspiring and functional. Great learning spaces."--2006 jury