Richards Medical Center, also known as Alfred Newton Richards Medical Research Laboratories and David Goddard Laboratories Buildings or sometimes shortened to the Richards Medical Research Laboratories or the Richards and Goddard Buildings, are two connected buildings designed by Louis I. Kahn in 1957. It located inside the campus area of University of Pennsylvania.
Designed for laboratoriums and office, it using precast concrete with trusses and bricks as the cosntruction. On January 16, 2009, the building were declared as a National Historic Landmark. It had a modern style, makes it had formality and timelessness character.
“The Medical Research Building at the University of Pennsylvania is conceived in recognition of the realization that science laboratories are studios and that the air to breathe should be away from the air to throw away….My solution was to create three great stacks of studios and attach to them tall service towers which would include animal quarters, mains to carry water, gas and vacuum lines, as well as ducts to breathe in the air from ‘nostrils’ placed low in the building and exhaust it out through stacks high above the roof.” – Louis I. Kahn. from Heinz Ronner.