Photographs by Nora Mcguire
Above: Perry World House features Renaissance Beige limestone, hand-picked by ABC Stone, on both the exterior and interior.
Aprestigious jury of A+D and natural stone professionals has presented ABC Stone’s Perry World House project with a 2017 Pinnacle Award of Excellence. The Pinnacle Awards are given each year by the Natural Stone Institute (formerly known as the Marble Institute of America and the Building Stone Institute, or MIA+BSI) to projects whose beauty, creativity, ingenuity and craftsmanship exemplify professional mastery in the use of natural stone in commercial and residential applications.
Perry World House, designed by 1100 Architect, is the University of Pennsylvania’s hub for global engagement. The new space allows affiliates from each of the University’s twelve schools to address international affairs in a cross-disciplinary way.
The 17,400-square-foot building combines a historic house built in 1851 with a new limestone-clad structure. A portion of the original house was salvaged and reconstructed, as per historic documentation. In addition to the project’s adaptive reuse, the Perry World House is on track to achieve LEED Silver certification.
Renaissance Beige limestone, vein-cut with a honed finish, was selected for the façade and roofline; the same material, cross-cut with a honed finish, was used for the interior walls and floors. ABC Stone made several trips to the Renaissance Beige quarry in Germany to handpick the material, ensuring consistency of selection.
“We love that this project is architecturally significant and prominently located at one of America’s most prestigious universities,” says Ken Saretsky, head of procurement for ABC Stone. He adds that this is the first time this selection of vein-cut Renaissance material has been used for a cladding project in the United States. “It added to the significance for us and the desire to make sure every detail was attended to.” ABC Worldwide Stone, 234 Banker Street, Brooklyn; 718-389-8360; abcworldwidestone.com