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Temple University

At the edge of Temple University’s urban campus, a new Academic Tower will provide a child care center, dental clinic, community training spaces, and a home for the disabilities institute. Responding to the edge condition, where the institutional scale of the University meets the surrounding row homes, the complex is shaped to provide a lower structure and open green space adjacent to the residential neighborhood, while shaping a tower form as it borders the University along a major city thoroughfare.

 
 
 
 
“This building is a conversation between two vastly different scales and how they address the community it serves.”

-Roman Torres
 
 
The massing is formed to respond to the surrounding context, with the tower stacked at the urban edge, allowing the lower structure to favor the scale of the surrounding row homes. The lower form’s corners are cut back to provide optimal views and additional green space.