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Bohlin Cywinski Jackson

University of Pennsylvania, Gutmann College House

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

The second purpose-built college house designed by our practice for Penn, Gutmann College House is designed to promote the whole student, with flexible, dynamic living-learning spaces that encourage exploration and collaboration. 

©Jeffrey Totaro
Gutmann College House © Jeffrey Totaro
Gutmann College House © Jeffrey Totaro
Gutmann College House © Jeffrey Totaro
Gutmann College House © Jeffrey Totaro
Gutmann College House © Jeffrey Totaro
Gutmann College House © Jeffrey Totaro
Gutmann College House © Jeffrey Totaro
Penn New College House West Courtyard
© Jeffrey Totaro
Gutmann College House © Jeffrey Totaro
"As the University leadership was thinking about what this new house could bring, it wasn’t just about a space for bodies, but about how to make it vibrant. And connected not just to the Penn campus, but also to West Philadelphia. It’s an open door, if you will, and it’s being good neighbors."
Lisa Lewis, Faculty Director, College Houses and Academic Services

Project Information


250,000 GSF




AIA Pennsylvania Design Award

AIA Pennsylvania COTE Award

GBCA Excellence in Craftsmanship Award


A New College House Experience Welcomes Penn Students

Exclusive First Look at Gutmann College House

Gutmann College House (formerly New College House West) creates a unique residential community at the University of Pennsylvania, providing a variety of amenities and services while integrating campus life with urban context. As the second purpose-built college house completed by our practice for Penn, the 250,000 GSF, 450-bed project builds upon the program set forth in a campus-wide development plan to create a vital new addition to residential housing at the university.

Circulation and gathering areas throughout Gutmann College House and its outdoor spaces are designed to foster community—encouraging interaction and engagement between occupants as well as with the campus and city. The LEED Silver-certified project supports student wellness by drawing in daylight and offering sweeping views of the lawn and city. Students have access to a variety of flexible spaces to suit their needs, including lounges, a fitness and wellness center, music practice rooms, classrooms and seminar rooms, study rooms, communal kitchens, a coffee shop, and Quaker Kitchen—designed to facilitate programming focused on food preparation and nutrition.

Gutmann College House follows the success of Lauder College House, which opened in 2016. Both projects function as gateway buildings for the university, weaving city and campus together through the thoughtful treatment of building mass, materials, neighborhood-friendly outdoor spaces, and landscape. At the western edge of campus between Locust Walk, a primary pedestrian pathway, and a major east-west artery into Center City, Gutmann College House responds to both urban and campus context through the placement of its residential tower and sensitively-scaled wings that wrap the public central lawn.