Originally Posted by philly13
I don't know how you can say it doesn't communicate well with anything nearby. It clearly plays off of the rotunda from the Museum of Anthropology and draws similarities to CHOP's Buerger center as well
I can see that's what they were going for, but it's just not smart for the actual site. If you walk by in person, the Museum Rotunda from the back side really isn't very impressive or even nice. From the back, it's just a completely solid brown brick wall that is visually dead from street level. It's something you'd expect an early architectural student to latch onto, but it's misguided based on how the medical campus works in reality. You'd be showcasing the worst, most human-unfriendly side of the Museum Campus.
Likewise, with CHOP'S Buerger Center (which I incidentally think is fantastic), the reality of the site is that there are very few spots coming from the East where you will actually see both buildings together. Because of how Civic Center Blvd curves, the New Patient Pavilion has a much much stronger visual relationship with CHOP's Main Building, and the Perelman Center (a monstrosity, but it is what it is). Personally, I think this Pavilion is a huge missed opportunity to help harmonize what is otherwise a pretty architecturally chaotic area (Penn's fault, not CHOP's).
That said, there's a chance that it might look very good coming from the West along Civic Center Blvd, since you'll have the two curved towers of the CHOP Buerger Center and the curved CHOP South Tower with Penn's New Patient Pavilion in the background. But Still, Civic Center Blvd is one-way to car traffic, so that view will not be a common one to the public and isn't the view that should have been prioritized when designing the site.
But obviously, I don't get a say. It's gonna be built either way. Frankly, I just expected more for over a billion dollars.