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North and South Academic Buildings Williams College Architect: Bohlin Cywinski Jackson Location: Williamstown, Massachusetts, USA Completion: 2009 GFA: 9,300 m2 Photography: Woodruff/Brown Photography

West elevation

Section Site plan

The North and South Academic Buildings are part of the phased reconfiguration of the north side of the Williams College's classic New England campus. Together with historic Stetson Hall, they will define a new campus green in an ensemble housing the College's Humanities and Social Sciences programmes along with its central library. The two new buildings provide 9,300 gross square metres of new faculty office and classroom space to the College. Their massing and exterior articulation respect the scale of the surrounding historic campus buildings. Flemish bond brick and limestone trim were borrowed from Stetson Hall so that the three buildings form an elegantly consistent quadrangle perimeter. The North and South Buildings reduce their apparent height in deference to the historic Stetson faรงade by treating the third floor as a recessed glass ribbon, above which floats a broadly overhanging copper roof, shading expansive views of the Berkshire Mountains. Traditionally proportioned lower floor windows are oversized, admitting abundant natural light into each faculty office, with sunscreens protecting those that face south. Light monitors mark the entrances of the two buildings, while providing daylight into open-framed third floor gathering spaces. The dominant organising element of the new academic buildings is a cross-axis that extends through the future quadrangle, connecting the galleries of the two buildings and visually extending into the heart of Williamstown. The interiors of the two-storey glass galleries are each clad on one side with spaced maple boards, provided in part by a Massachusetts sustainable forest cooperative of which the Williams College is a member.

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1. Evening view of North Academic Building 2. Pathway leading to the South Academic Building 3. Panorama of North Academic Building

Awards: AIA Northeastern Pennsylvania Chapter, Merit Award, 2009 1

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