Williams College Schapiro and Hollander Halls

Williams College, Williamstown, Massachusetts

Schapiro Hall and Hollander Hall are part of the phased reconfiguration of the north side of Williams College's classic New England campus. Together with historic Stetson Hall, they will define a new campus green in an ensemble housing the College's Humanities and Social Sciences programs along with its central library.

The two new buildings provide 100,000 gsf of new faculty office and classroom space to the College. Their massing and exterior articulation respect the scale of the surrounding historic campus buildings. Flemish bond brick and limestone trim were borrowed from Stetson Hall so that the three buildings form an elegantly consistent quadrangle perimeter. Schapiro and Hollander Halls reduce their apparent height in deference to the historic Stetson façade by treating the third floor as a recessed glass ribbon, above which floats a broadly overhanging copper roof, shading expansive views of the Berkshire Mountains. Traditionally proportioned lower floor windows are oversized, admitting abundant natural light into each faculty office, with sunscreens protecting those that face south. Light monitors mark the entrances of the two buildings, while providing daylight into open-framed third floor gathering spaces.

The dominant organizing element of the new academic buildings is a cross-axis that extends through the future quadrangle, connecting the galleries of the two buildings and visually extending into the heart of Williamstown. The interiors of the two-story glass galleries are each clad on one side with spaced maple boards, provided in part by a Massachusetts sustainable forest cooperative of which Williams College is a member.


2009 Merit Award
AIA Northeastern Pennsylvania
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