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Butler College Dormitories

Pei Cobb Freed & Partners

Project Name

Butler College Dormitories


Princeton University

Project Status



112,000 sq. feet


  • General Contractor: Nick Caputo
  • Landscape Architect: Michael Van Valkenburgh
  • Mark Burstein
  • William Taylor
  • Interior Designer: Henry N. Cobb
  • Interior Designer: Michael W. Bischoff

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Project Description

2011 RADA
Campus Housing / Merit

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.
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