You might say that when you step inside, you're entering a honorific space, but that's something totally different than experiencing it. And in architecture the experience comes first. That has the deepest effect on us. – Thom Mayne
On Monday morning, January 9, 2012, Golkin Hall opened its doors to welcome students and faculty returning to Penn Law for the spring semester..
We had many goals for Golkin Hall when we first dreamed of it: it would create spaces for collaboration; build classrooms and offices that support learning and research; speak to our existing beautiful buildings and to our urban landscape; respect our important Courtyard. But on Monday morning, one goal stood out for me: the goal of creating a lobby, an entrance point to the Law School, that gives those who enter the experience of having arrived at an important place.
Clearly, the Golkin Hall lobby achieves this goal. With its soaring windows and American oak feature wall, the lobby welcomes and invites those who enter to be creative, to reconsider, to inspire and to aspire, to create and to build…
The craftsmen and women building Golkin continue their work – we have many milestones ahead before we are fully occupying and best using the space. But entering into the Golkin Hall lobby is experiential. You are not just entering a space, you are arriving at a place that calls for your contribution. Let us know about your experience as you enter!
Posted by Jo-Ann Verrier, Vice Dean of Administrative Services, University of Pennsylvania Law School
Photography by Michael M. Koehler