Drexel University: Academy of Natural Sciences – Philadelphia, PA
Our task was to create a vision that would transport the Academy from where it is to where it could be! The transformation of the Library Reading Room into a key component of the visitor experience is crucial to redefining the Academy as a fun, engaging, and dynamic destination for families of all types. In addition, versatility is important. Whatever type of exhibit is agreed upon, it must be able to have frequently changeable components, at a minimum. At the same time, it must require a minimum of human resource to support such dynamism. Further, the current space is frequently utilized for a range of events, from receptions with bars and high-tops, to board meetings, and seminars with theater-style seating. These are revenue-generating opportunities that the Academy does not want to lose.
CHANGEABLE ISLAND COMPONENTS
NEW ARCHITECTURAL FACADE TO READING ROOM ENTRY
GALLERY IS VISIBLE FROM THE SECOND FLOOR HALLWAY
GALLERY CAN BE EASILY TRANSFORMED FOR VIP EVENTS AND RENTAL VENUES