Jon M. Huntsman Hall, The Wharton School of Business,
University of Pennsylvania
The ambitious program for this state-of-the-art classroom building left little of the site area uncovered by building, but at the same time called for large outdoor social spaces. The solution, reached in close collaboration between architect and landscape architect, was to create a refined roof-deck quadrangle appropriate to the architecture and to the business school student use - 30 feet above grade level. Highly integrated with interior social spaces, this garden includes a lawn area used for large gatherings and summer executive programs, an outdoor dining area and a monumental pergola with seating running the length of the terrace.
On grade, each of the two main building entries, one facing the street, the other the campus pedestrian core, received individual treatment. Building perimeter areas were intensely planted in accordance with campus landscape master plan guidelines.
Wharton School of Business
Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates