Our Building

The design of Perry World House was inspired by the building that has stood on the site since the late 19th century.

A seamless combination of new construction and historic renovation, Perry World House reimagines the concept of a “house” with its expansive open spaces, intimate gathering areas, copious natural light, clean visual sightlines, modern art, and sumptuous building materials.

Perry World House has received two architectural awards to date:  the AIA New York State 2017 Design Awards, Award of Citation; and the 2017 Architizer A+ Awards, Popular Choice: Higher Education & Research Facilities.

Close attention has been paid to how people gather and interact, both within the building and in the adjacent outdoor areas. Each design decision intentionally supports the goal of creating an environment that nurtures individual contemplation and encourages productive interdisciplinary collaboration.

Building Opening Hours

Please note that our building is PennCard access only until further notice. In accordance with the University of Pennsylvania’s COVID-19 guidelines, you will be required to wear a mask inside our building.

  • Monday to Thursday: 9am-11pm
  • Friday: 9am-5pm
  • Saturday: 12pm-7pm
  • Sunday: 12pm-11pm

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