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Bohlin Cywinski Jackson

Trinity College, Admissions Building

Hartford, Connecticut

The Admissions Building defines one edge of a sheltered quadrangle on the northwest side of campus, creating a welcoming sense of scale for visitors and prospective students.

“This building demonstrates the artful integration of a modern building into a historic campus center. The siting is very sensitive to its surroundings. The massing and shifting scale of the building takes advantage of the topography. It radiates a sense of nobility.”
AIA Pennsylvania Design Awards Jury

Project Information


30,000 square-feet




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.

The building’s materials convey substance, warmth, and welcome. Its massive fireplace, built of brownstone like much of the campus, marks the entrance and central axis of the building. A glazed staircase leads to offices and meeting rooms on the lower levels and offers views of the athletic fields beyond.