Updated November 4, 2013. The Papadakis ISB recently received an Interior Green Wall Award at the 2013 CitiesAlive conference. Take a look at these two articles to learn more:
Updated April 22, 2013. On September 20, 2011, the Papadakis Integrated Sciences Building, home of Drexel’s biology department and an important venue for scientific innovation and research, opened its doors. The LEED Gold building, designed by the Toronto architecture firm Diamond & Schmitt, features a five-story living biowall–the largest in North America–that utilizes plant biology to naturally filter the air. The biowall, created by NEDLAW Living Walls and installed by Parker Plants, offers an organic warmth and softness to a bright atrium characterized by hard lines, and is complemented nicely by a stunning helical staircase.
Below are some photos of the atrium.
Photos of the exterior of the Integrated Sciences Building are featured below:
Updated August 30, 2011. A scene from Finian’s Rainbow: Woodland Walk has reopened, but will remain open for two days only before construction on the LeBow College of Business Building narrows access along the walk for 2-1/2 more years.
The PISB is the building on the right.
Updated July 6, 2011. Did you ever plant a wall? The biowall would have made Euell Gibbons proud:
Updated May 13, 2011. Glass is being installed on the student oriels:
Updated April 21. The staircase is fully assembled:
Updated April 13. Based on all of the comments received and new information about the fabrication of the stairs, I have decided that the metal panel is the appropriate solution for this problem. Gypsum board would be subject to cracking and casual damage at the lobby level. There are too many fabrication requirements to maintain a completely clean line on the underside of the stairs.
Original Post April 11, 2011. The Papadakis Integrated Sciences Building is seventy-five days from Substantial Completion. On of the most significant design features is the ornamental staircase rising four stories in the atrium, currently being assembled:
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