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Bohlin Cywinski Jackson

Trinity College, Admissions Building

Hartford, Connecticut

Trinity’s Admissions Building defines one edge of an intimate quadrangle on the northwest edge of campus. The resulting cloister-like effect creates a welcoming sense of scale and place for visitors and prospective students.

Project Information


30,000 SF




AIA Tri-State Honor Award

The three-story admissions building is tucked into the side of a hill with only the upper level visible from the main approach, dramatically reducing the building’s apparent mass. The top floor, a transparent pavilion of timber, steel and glass, rests on the solid base formed by the lower two floors. Along the length of the upper level, a limestone colonnade supports a timber trellis, recalling the neighboring chapel’s Gothic buttresses. On the opposite side, the building’s increased height re-engages with the larger scale of Trinity’s main campus green and the nearby chapel steeple. Stone walls and brises-soleil frame a window pattern that remains modern while harmonizing with traditional campus architecture. The two sides are linked by a smaller stone plaza and fountain.