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Louis Kahn's Notorious Richards Laboratory Restored

Louis Kahn's Notorious Richards Laboratory Restored
Louis Kahn's Notorious Richards Laboratory Restored, Richards Medical Research Laboratories in 2010, prior to restoration. Image © Wikipedia CC user Smallbones
Richards Medical Research Laboratories in 2010, prior to restoration. Image © Wikipedia CC user Smallbones

Louis Kahn's Richards Medical Research Laboratory at the University of Pennsylvania, once deemed "the most consequential building constructed in the United States" since World War II by MoMA, has been notoriously hated by its users; scientists claim the building lacks privacy, has too much exposure to sunlight and is not suitable for lab experiments. Thus, the University's architect has just completed a full renovation of Richards' four brick towers, converting them into offices and computer labs for researchers, while, as Philly.com reports, restoring the structure to its original essence.

"The renovation has pared Kahn's spaces down to their essence, restoring a Zenlike calm, and revealing the muscular concrete structure that made the design such a revelation in the early 1960s, when International Style glass towers were all the rage," says Philly.com. Read the complete article here.

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Cite: Karissa Rosenfield. "Louis Kahn's Notorious Richards Laboratory Restored" 12 Jan 2016. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/780260/louis-kahns-notorious-richards-laboratory-restored-to-its-original-essence/> ISSN 0719-8884

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