Kenyon College commissioned Thompson and Rose to situate and design
a dormitory complex within their existing campus structure. Following a process
of student involvement, and historic and site analysis, many site strategies
were developed and reviewed by the collegiate community. The chosen strategy
creates a four building dormitory complex surrounding a newly created courtyard
landscape on this historic campus. This complex refers back to and completes
the existing one mile long Kenyon campus axis, weaving the formal campus plan
with the existing woods. The design respects collegiate planning traditions,
and creates a loosely defined courtyard spatially framed by four object buildings.
A path through the courtyard weaves down into the college woods, finally terminating
at the campus sports facility.
The building plans are organized to allow the main living rooms to face the
public courtyard, while the bedrooms face the private woods.
Entry to each dormitory is from the main courtyard. The buildings
are detailed with minimalist restraint, and are constructed
of high quality materials: lead coated copper, stone, and exterior
The architects worked closely with the construction manager,
and through a careful process of value engineering delivered
the project under budget.
Construction was completed in 1993.
The project has been published in the November 1994 issue of
Architectural Record, as well as in the December 1994
issue of Progressive Architecture. The project received
the 1996 Tucker Award from the Building Stone Institute and
the 1994 Boston Society of Architects Design Honor Award.