University of Pennsylvania

Data Science Building

Philadelphia, PA

Project Details

Human-centered hub for the future of data science

Lake|Flato + KSS Architects have partnered to design a new Data Science Building for the University of Pennsylvania. The first mass timber project for Penn, and the first six-story mass timber building in the City of Philadelphia, the new building will be a dynamic hub for cross-disciplinary collaborations that harness expertise, research, and data across the University. The future home of Data Science undergraduate and research programs, the new building will centralize resources that will advance the work of scholars across a wide variety of fields while making the tools and concepts of data analysis more accessible to the entire university community.

Located at the northern edge of Penn’s campus, the new Data Science Building will expand the University’s physical boundaries and act as a welcoming, vibrant destination for students, faculty, staff, and visitors. Warm tactile materials, daylight, transparency, and views will define the human-centered environment for the engineering community to learn, work, and collaborate.

The building’s programming is centered on fostering community and collaboration while maximizing daylight and views. A multi-story light shaft surrounded by social and open collaboration spaces organizes each floor and serves as a central collaboration hub. The light well also serves as a vertical connector between programs and research centers throughout the facility. Shared programs such as meeting rooms, collaboration and social spaces, and pantry and food service are distributed to encourage movement and chance encounters. 

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