2011 Walnut Street, Floor 2
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Calcutta House HIV/AIDS Hospice
A K Architecture received the AIA Philadelphia Public Choice Award for Calcutta House.
Providing personal care in a home setting for nine residents, Calcutta House’s interior
spaces are configured around an exterior courtyard with a four-season garden to
provide diffused natural light to the private and shared spaces inhabited by this fragile
Located at the intersection of Ridge Avenue and 19th Street in Philadelphia across from
historic Girard College, Calcutta House is a non-profit organization dedicated to
providing specialized housing and care for adults with AIDS. The new construction of
Calcutta House-Serenity Court is 8000 square feet. All resident spaces have a view to the
vibrant garden in the central exterior courtyard. The courtyard is visible from the street
through a transparent entrance lobby. A primary objective was to maintain a home-like
environment while subtly meeting the technical requirements of providing state-of- the-
art medical care for late stage HIV/AIDS patients.