The Dell Road Dormitory for the Hill School in Pottstown, Pa., revisits the challenges of designing student housing. The school wanted to attract faculty to live in the residence halls; create a family setting at a manageable scale; and provide a secure setting that fosters a sense of community while blending with an existing campus.
Originally conceived as a single CAPACITY52COST PER SQ FT$146.00FEATURED IN2001 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYSpecialized building, the building consisted of four “houses” organized around a central courtyard. Access to the residence halls is restricted to the courtyard, while faculty residences can be accessed from the outside perimeter of the building. This provides a secure environment for the students, while maintaining privacy for the faculty. Each house consists of a three-story, three-bedroom faculty residence, six double-student rooms, common areas, laundry and bathrooms. Each level shares a study and faculty access to student areas for proper supervision.
The building has become the heart of student residential life, and a waiting list has been created to get into faculty residences.