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The new dormitories continue Princetons campus-planning tradition of creating courtyards and continuous walkways through buildings. The east wing encloses the Memorial Courtyard, where curved ramps provide ADA-accessible paths connecting primary campus circulation routes at grade with lower-level spaces of the Butler Commons.

Butler College Dormitories, Princeton University, Princeton, N.J.

Butler College Dormitories, Princeton University, Princeton, N.J.

  • Stairs mediate the two ground levels.

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    Stairs mediate the two ground levels.

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    William Taylor

    Stairs mediate the two ground levels.

  • The new dormitories continue Princetons campus-planning tradition of creating courtyards and continuous walkways through buildings. The east wing encloses the Memorial Courtyard, where curved ramps provide ADA-accessible paths connecting primary campus circulation routes at grade with lower-level spaces of the Butler Commons.

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    The new dormitories continue Princetons campus-planning tradition of creating courtyards and continuous walkways through buildings. The east wing encloses the Memorial Courtyard, where curved ramps provide ADA-accessible paths connecting primary campus circulation routes at grade with lower-level spaces of the Butler Commons.

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    William Taylor

    The new dormitories continue Princeton's campus-planning tradition of creating courtyards and continuous walkways through buildings. The east wing encloses the Memorial Courtyard, where curved ramps provide ADA-accessible paths connecting primary campus circulation routes at grade with lower-level spaces of the Butler Commons.

  • Wave-like bays house larger suites for upperclassmen, and limestone striations hark back to Princeton??s old buildings.

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    Wave-like bays house larger suites for upperclassmen, and limestone striations hark back to Princeton??s old buildings.

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    William Taylor

    Wave-like bays house larger suites for upperclassmen, and limestone striations hark back to Princeton's old buildings.

  • Lower-level courtyards bring daylight to the interior common spaces.

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    Lower-level courtyards bring daylight to the interior common spaces.

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    Lower-level courtyards bring daylight to the interior common spaces.

  • Aerial view of the new buildings.

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    Aerial view of the new buildings.

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    Aerial view of the new buildings.

  • Site plan.

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    Site plan.

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    Courtesy Pei Cobb Freed & Partners Architects

    Site plan.

pei cobb freed & partners architects
new york

Surrounded by brick buildings in varying colors, these dormitories are the centerpiece that ties them all together. Limestone striations create light and shadow and hark back to Princeton’s old stone buildings. The façades’ random undulations, suggesting the bays that made the early dorms so special, were inspired by the need for larger suites that would keep upper-classmen on campus. “We wanted to create a quality that was distinctive and desirable, and because they’re so irregular, no two are quite alike,” says Michael W. Bischoff, LEED AP BD+C.

Our judges praised how the project resolves grade changes and its “details reminiscent of collegiate Gothic architecture.”


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