The respectful repurposing of a landmark Venturi, Scott Brown and Associates (VSBA) decorated shed provides a new home for Drexel University’s College of Media Arts and Design (CoMAD). Key goals driving the project included bringing disparate CoMAD departments together in one location and encouraging cross-collaboration between disciplines. To transform the office building and annex (once a daycare center), the design concept focuses on respecting the original intent, making more with less, and providing opportunities for learning by doing.
“The operation of cutting out the central space of this building, revealing the really raw nature of the steel, and creating these super-animated spaces where all the social life of the building congregates—it’s all so effective. A strong and dynamic project that has an incredible economy of means to it as well.”