The Pennovation Center
An Icon for Innovation
At the Pennovation Center, we transformed a 20th century paint factory into a 21st century idea factory. The building is the centerpiece of a new, twenty-three acre development at the University of Pennsylvania known as Pennovation Works.
While much of the building is occupied by shared wet labs and efficient coworking areas, key social spaces tempt entrepreneurs to leave their desks and engage with their colleagues. These spaces are tucked into a new angular facade that reaches outward towards the Schuylkill River, featuring a conference room, coworking counter with a view of campus and the city, and bleacher seating where inventors can share ideas, pitch to investors, and gain crucial perspective.
While innovation centers are popping up all over the world, Pennovation is different. Innovation is at its DNA and empowers users to come up with new ideas, meet people to inspire innovation, and pitch to the investor who will make all the difference between an idea and a product that is changing the world.
This Adaptive Reuse project maintains an industrial aesthetic: the architecture is raw and solid so that manipulations can be done without hesitation. Idea creation overrules architectural preciousness.
The building inspires creativity within, while simultaneously telling the world outside that Penn is committed to putting knowledge into action for the greater good. A beacon for the next generation of entrepreneurship in the region, the Pennovation Center will advance the dynamic role of the University as both an inspiration for and a facilitator of cutting-edge invention.