Institute for Advanced Study
Princeton, New Jersey
Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects
© Brian Rose
A jewel box of a building, actually an addition to the existing complex of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. The building houses institute fellows, mostly scientists, who pursue their research unfettered by other obligations. This is where Albert Einstein worked during the last phase of his life when he fled Europe for the United States.

The terra cotta exterior with white steel mullions was beautifully detailed. The interior was simple--a light filled atrium with stairway--a corner lounge looking out over the countryside. I used minimal lighting inside, working as much as possible with the existing daylight, catching glimpses of people working or moving in the generally hushed environment.