With its undulating brick facade, landscaped courtyards, and generous public walkway, Butler College connects with Princeton’s rich Collegiate Gothic tradition in a fresh and lively way.
The 288-bed complex is clad in varying-colored red brick, accented with both continuous and randomly placed bands of limestone. Responding to the need for larger bedrooms on upper-level suites, the facades are further animated with wavelike undulations that expand and contract according to interior use.
The surrounding site is sculpted into a split-level landscape, with both upper- and lower-level courtyards connecting to the existing Butler Commons. New pedestrian paths and vistas enrich the campus while extending the long tradition of space-shaping buildings at Princeton.
SITE: In the southwest quadrant of the historic campus
COMPONENTS: 112,000 ft2 / 10,000 m2 gross area; five dormitories within two buildings; café, study library, lounge, gallery, seminar rooms, landscaped courtyards
CLIENT: Princeton University Office of Design and Construction