Bennington College, Bennington College Houses

Bennington, Vermont

The design for the houses creates signature construction and helps shape creative physical and social changes for the college.

The buildings are radial in configuration, one end responding to the scale and use of the campus while giving way to the open meadow and the surrounding landscape. The buildings create an edge to the campus that previously ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCAPACITY105COST PER SQ FT$159.00FEATURED IN2001 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYWork in Progress undeveloped.

The design has brought positive attributes of the existing 1930s-era houses on campus into contemporary residence halls, including common rooms with a fireplace. Each house accommodates 35 students in single and double bedrooms. The design uses a single-loaded organization that places services on the building’s north side and student rooms toward the southern exposure. This arrangement allows natural light, and views of the landscape, into the corridor. Faculty apartments are in a separate two-story structure.

A wood entry hall staircase evokes the scale and arrangement of a traditional residence. The location of the stair in a narrow two-story space creates a visual connection to the second floor and return staircase to the third level. A second egress stair along the exterior of the building offers students an alternative exit and an immediate connection to the outside. In warmer months, the stairs and deck are a natural space for students to congregate.