The Franklin Institute
Nicholas and Athena Karabots Pavilion
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Project Type: Expansion/Renovation
Size: 53,000 SF
Status: In Construction

Established over 175 years ago, The Franklin Institute remains one of America’s leading science and technology museums. This major renovation and expansion project—the first in more than 20 years—addresses the museum’s multiple programmatic needs while also respecting the strong neoclassical style of the original building. Interior components include an education and conference center, a permanent exhibition featuring the brain, a changing exhibition gallery, and a large, sunlit atrium for visitor circulation. The exterior of the new wing is clad in the same Indiana limestone as the original building, but also incorporates decidedly modern features, such as extensive landscaping that mitigates storm-water drainage and a dramatic stainless steel kinetic “shimmer wall” by the artist Ned Kahn.

LEED Silver certification is anticipated.


“A Ten Million Dollar Gift,” The Philadelphia Inquirer, October 2, 2011

“Charged Up,” Illuminate Magazine, October 2010


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