Launch Slideshow

The two modern builds integrate two unique features of the campus: stone and the landscape's function as an arboretum.

Swarthmore College Residence Halls, Swarthmore, Pa.

Swarthmore College Residence Halls, Swarthmore, Pa.

  • The two modern builds integrate two unique features of the campus: stone and the landscape's function as an arboretum.

    http://www.residentialarchitect.com/Images/tmpBBCC%2Etmp_tcm48-1219043.jpg

    true

    The two modern builds integrate two unique features of the campus: stone and the landscape's function as an arboretum.

    600

    Robert Benson

    The two modern builds integrate two unique features of the campus: stone and the landscape's function as an arboretum.

  • Each building is highlighted by corner fenestration that brings in light.

    http://www.residentialarchitect.com/Images/tmpBBCD%2Etmp_tcm48-1219051.jpg

    true

    Each building is highlighted by corner fenestration that brings in light.

    600

    Robert Benson

    Each building is highlighted by corner fenestration that brings in light.

  • The buildings' offer a variety of common spaces that foster interaction.

    http://www.residentialarchitect.com/Images/tmpBBCE%2Etmp_tcm48-1219056.jpg

    true

    The buildings' offer a variety of common spaces that foster interaction.

    600

    Robert Benson

    The buildings' offer a variety of common spaces that foster interaction.

  • A green roof aids in stormwater management and helps cool the buildings.

    http://www.residentialarchitect.com/Images/tmpBBD0%2Etmp_tcm48-1219062.jpg

    true

    A green roof aids in stormwater management and helps cool the buildings.

    600

    Robert Benson

    A green roof aids in stormwater management and helps cool the buildings.

  • The new buildings nestle into the lush campus.

    http://www.residentialarchitect.com/Images/tmpBBD1%2Etmp_tcm48-1219069.jpg

    true

    The new buildings nestle into the lush campus.

    600

    Robert Benson

    The new buildings nestle into the lush campus.

  • A plan of the main lounge.

    http://www.residentialarchitect.com/Images/tmpBBD2%2Etmp_tcm48-1219076.jpg

    true

    A plan of the main lounge.

    600

    Courtesy William Rawn Associates

    A plan of the main lounge.

  • Image

    http://www.residentialarchitect.com/Images/tmpBBE5%2Etmp_tcm48-1219079.jpg

    true

    Image

    600

swarthmore college residence halls, swarthmore, pa.
william rawn associates, architects
boston

Swarthmore College’s new campus housing includes two buildings with layouts that foster interaction among students in different years of study. “A great overall plan and conception,” one judge said.

William Rawn Architects, Associates designed two separate volumes that wrap three sides of a courtyard and open to the main lawn. Each building has strategically placed double-height entries, wide corridors and communal spaces, and a combination of single and double unit types.

Environmental stewardship also was important. The team planted a green roof on the two structures, and specified solar shading, fritted and low-E glass, and natural ventilation.

 

View all 2012 RADA winners.


project credits

principals in charge: William L. Rawn, FAIA, and Clifford V. Gayley, AIA, William Rawn Associates, Architects; project manager/architect: Kevin Bergeron, AIA, William Rawn Associates, Architects; designer: Rob Wear, William Rawn Associates, Architects; general contractor: W.S. Cumby & Son, Springfield, Pa.; landscape architect: Olin Partnership, Philadelphia; mep engineer: Cosentini Associates, Cambridge, Mass.; structural engineer: LeMessurier Consultants, Cambridge; lighting consultant: Ripman Lighting Consultants, Belmont, Mass.; project size: 130 square feet to 270 square feet; site size: 2 acres; construction cost: Withheld; units in project: 106; photography: Robert Benson Photography.


product details

ceiling tiles: Ecophon, www.ecophon.com, RPG Diffusor Systems (wood ceiling tiles), www.rpginc.com; exterior siding: Vals quartzite; flooring (carpet): Lees Carpets, www.leescarpets.com; green roof: Green Roof Service, www.greenrooftechnology.com; hardware: GKD, www.gkdmetalfabrics.com; paints: MAB Paints, www.mabpaints.com; roof: Sika Sarnafil, usa.sarnafil.sika.com; skylight: Viracon, www.viracon.com; windows and curtainwall: Wausau, www.wausauwindow.com