• The Study honored with Architectural Design Award

     
    POSTED November 21, 2017
     

DIGSAU and Hospitality3 won the Architectural Excellence Design Honor Award in the built category, awarded by the Philadelphia Chapter of the American Institute of Architects. They won for their design of the Study at University City, which is a boutique hotel located between the University of Pennsylvania and Drexel University, opened January 2017.

“The structure is a bold simple urban form clearly articulated above a pedestrian base, with thoughtful detailing and fenestration that create an elegant and active façade,” commented the Architectural Excellence Award Jury, which was comprised of some of Chicago’s leading architects.

“The design for the Study, a boutique hotel, grows from a sense of connectivity to the unique and vibrant spirit of Philadelphia’s University City and is organized as a simple podium and tower,” said Jeff Goldstein of DIGSAU. “The podium is comprised of distinct ‘pavilions’ containing the hotel’s major public spaces, each with a unique relationship to the adjacent sidewalk. The hotel’s guest rooms are housed in the tower, slightly rotated as a nod to the historic Woodland Walk, which runs diagonally through the Drexel and Penn campuses. The tower’s skin is a unique brick bond with a composition of three window types, animating the façade and diversifying the guest experience.”

“Our goal in the design of the building was to create a sophisticated urban hotel that calls attention to itself as a commanding, yet stylish form, with a strong connection to the street. The materiality of the building was conceived from several precedents found in the Philadelphia market; a composition of natural materials presented in a variety of finishes with metallic accents to create interest” said Paul McGowan, Hospitality 3 and Study Hotels President and Founder.

Winners of the Architectural Excellence Design Honor Award had to be created by AIA Philadelphia members. Considerations of the award included program resolution, design quality in response to its context and community, thoughtfulness, innovation, and technique. DIGSAU and Hospitality3 were chosen out of 150 entries.

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