Spence House / Metcalfe Architecture & Design

© Barry Halkin

Architects: Metcalfe Architecture & Design
Location: , CT, USA
Design Team: Alan Metcalfe, Jason Manning, Matthew Pickering
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Barry Halkin

Seidenberg House / Metcalfe Architecture & Design

© Barry Halkin Photography

Architects: Metcalfe Architecture & Design
Location: Lafayette Hill, PA,
Design Team: Alan Metcalfe, Aaron Goldblatt, Jason Manning, Matthew Pickering, Teresa Maida
Area: 3775.0 ft2
Year: 2009
Photographs: Barry Halkin Photography

Architecture City Guide: Philadelphia

This week our Architecture City Guide is headed to . The list of influential architects that have either worked, studied, or taught in is perhaps the only list that challenges the numbers of Founding Fathers that descended on this city of “Brotherly Love.” A brief list includes Sullivan, Kahn, Wright, Pei, Rudolf, Corbusier, Latrobe, Gropius, Mumford, and Furness. That being said, our list of 12 barely scratches the surface of buildings worth seeing in this great city. We would like to hear about your must not miss buildings in the comment section below.

The Architecture City Guide: Philadelphia list and corresponding map after the break!

Camp JRF Eco-Village / Metcalfe Architecture & Design

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The Camp JRF Eco-Village is situated in the Pocono Mountains just up a hill from the existing Jewish Reconstructionist summer camp. The new village will be for older adolescent firl and boy campers and be composed of yurt cabins and sheltered by colorful canopies. The yurts will sit upon platforms, adjacent to a program building for gatherings, bathhouses, and an earthen berm for stargazing. Metcalfe Architecture & Design has been working closely with Camp JRF to provide a design that is focused on creating social spaces for campers and staff to meet and enjoy their lives together at summer camp. The Camp JRF Eco-Village anticipates to break ground this coming summer.

Morris Arboretum Tree Adventure / Metcalfe Architecture & Design

© Paul Warchol

Morris Arboretum’s Tree Adventure exhibit Out on a Limb, designed by Metcalfe Architecture & Design, was the 2010 AIA Philadelphia Design Excellence Gold Medal Winner, 2010 AIA Pennsylvania Architectural Excellence Award, 2010 “Best of Philly” Award, and the 2010 American Association of Museums Excellence in Exhibition Design Award. Suspended 50 feet above the forest floor this network of walkways (450-feet in length) provides a bird’s eye view of the forest, complete with a giant Bird’s Nest, Squirrel Scramble rope, and many vista platforms.

Follow the break for photographs, drawings, and renderings of Out on a Limb.

Architects: Metcalfe Architecture & Design
Location: Philadelphia, ,
Consultant: Forever Young Treehouse, Inc
Structural Engineers: CVM Engineering
Construction Managers: CVM Construction
Civil Engineers: Hunt Engineering Company
Lighting Designers: Grenald Waldron Associates
Exhibit Designers: Sparks Exhibits and Environments
Photographs: Paul Warchol