IIDA Best of Education Award 2016: Swarthmore Dorm Addition

By JacobsWyper Architects , July 15, 2016

Swarthmore College dorm addition wins IIDA 2016 Design Award for Best of Education. Here's a post JacobsWyper Architects shared on their blog after receiving the award. Congratulations!

We are pleased to announce that our addition to the Dana-Hallowell Residences at Swarthmore College was named “Best in Education” at the 2016 IIDA PA/NJ/DE Design Awards.  This 73-bed infill bridges the gap between two existing dorm buildings, addressing accessibility issues and providing new, large community spaces for informal gathering and studying.

Interior highlights include a new 1,800 sf multi-purpose room with 4 large Nanawall units (pictured above), which fully open to connect the interior with an exterior bluestone patio containing dining tables and a communal grill. Opposite the Nanawall, a playful combination of 3Form resin and acoustically-wrapped panels provides a visual barrier, separating the multi-purpose room from the main corridor and other ancillary spaces. On each of the upper floors, the shape of the corridor angles toward the north lounge, highlighting the stunning views into the surrounding 300-acre Scott Arboretum.  The furniture throughout incorporates durable, colorful fabric reflecting the youthful and vibrant character of a collegiate dorm.

IIDA judges commented that “the project exhibited characteristics that were nothing like traditional ideas of institutional residence halls” and the “space overall felt more connected to human spirit in a fresh and innovative way”.

See more about this project here.

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