We were tasked by university leadership and the project architects, CannonDesign, to construct a new recreation building on the hills of the existing campus. The adjacent historic orthogonal campus dramatically steps up to the hills using a series of bold terraces. The project site is the highest terrace, adjacent to the upper campus access drive, which until now, has been treated as a back door to the upper campus.
We recommended the new building align with the geometry of the lower campus buildings, parallel to the slope of the hill. The historic campus is marked by folded terraces and a broad stairway, which connects the series of campus terraces. We continued this idea, integrating the proposed recreation building, adjacent entry, and secondary courts to the lower campus with new stair terraces. The previous undefined campus entry is now defined by the new building edge on one side and a bold line of trees and lighting formalizing the upper campus drive on the other.
The entry court consists of two terraces. The first is a paved court of alternating, varying size panels of lawn and pavers that reflect the building façade, serving to connect the entry drive, building entry, and the broad stairs to the lower campus. The second adjacent terrace is a raised lawn terrace designed for group exercise and informal gathering.
College of Holly Cross Recreational Landscape
Studio Re+N team members led the development of the above project as project designer while at Dumontjanks.