The college of William and Mary established the need for 400 additional student beds on its Williamsburg, Virginia campus to cater to its growing student body with diverse housing needs.
The initial efforts of the planning study focused on examining a series of alternate sites to establish the optimal location for new housing based on evaluating characteristics such as capacity, typography and linkage to existing campus systems and services. The preferred site, initially thought to be too prominent for student housing, was ultimately selected for its ability to create an architectural bridge between the disparate architectural styles of the new and old campuses.
The building plan is based on a unit typology created specifically for William & Mary. While generally based on a more traditional style student housing, the plan promotes social interaction while providing ownership of social space and increased privacy in bathroom and bedroom arrangements. A continuous front porch on one building provides premier viewing for events on an adjacent intramural sports field.
The project was carried out in collaboration with Sasaki Associates.