Bowdoin College, Kanbar Hall

Brunswick, Maine

Set within Bowdoin’s historic campus as if it has always been there, Kanbar Hall is a forward-looking academic building that celebrates connectivity and different styles of learning. Providing teaching and research space for psychology, the three-story facility forms new synergies and includes a learning center, writing project, quantitative-skills center, ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$250.00FEATURED IN2005 Architectural Portfolio cluster, computer lab and classroom space.

Shared classrooms and meeting areas foster connectivity and interaction among programs. New neuroscience, observation and computer labs, and social lounges support flexibility. Community spaces are visible on the first floor.

The design establishes strong indoor and outdoor relationships through light-filled spaces, preservation of pine trees, outdoor classrooms, and brick and glass massing that express activities of the varied programs.

The undercut first floor is enclosed by a prominent use of glass with a unique custom-patina metal accent. Traditional brick meets fluid community spaces. Activity on the first floor is visible from the quad, and upper floors present a stable countenance friendly to campus.