The 288-bed Butler College residence hall complex extends the long tradition of space-shaping buildings at Princeton by creating two courtyards and a major public walkway that aim to enrich and strengthen the university’s rich array of pedestrian paths and vistas. The building is clad in varying-colored red brick with continuous and randomly placed bands CAPACITY288FEATURED IN2013 Architectural Portfolio limestone, and animated with wave-like undulations responding to the programmatic requirement for larger bedrooms in upper-level suites. Carefully conceived in scale, material and detail, the complex is characterized by warmth, eventfulness and informality aimed at creating a connective thread with the university’s rich Collegiate Gothic tradition.
The east wing of the complex encloses Memorial Courtyard, which includes a series of curved ramps that provide an ADA-accessible path, connecting primary campus circulation routes at grade with lower-level spaces of the Butler Commons. Two additional lower-level courtyards similarly provide both access and daylight to the commons.