Eero Saarinen originally designed the Morse and Stiles Residential Colleges dormitory buildings at Yale University, completed in 1962. As the final part of the university's phased plan to modernize its twelve student-housing colleges, KieranTimberlake designed a series of respectful modifications to the Modernist master's structures.
In keeping with recent trends in college housing, the dorm rooms were upgraded from stand-alone single rooms to suites. Additional space is also devoted to student recreation and living activities, including a 25,000-square-foot (2,300-square-meter) subterranean addition in the crescent-shaped main courtyard, which was also reconfigured to emphasize greenery over hardscapes.
Section rendering through courtyard, addition, and upgraded recreation areas. Image: KieranTimberlake
Care was clearly taken to respect the form and spirit of the existing buildings while significantly improving the dorm experience for student residents.
Renovation of the Morse and Stiles Colleges has received an Honor Award in the Architecture category of the 2013 AIA National Design Awards.
Exterior overview of the Morse College dining hall, which now includes an outdoor wooden terrace. Photo:Richard Barnes/ OTTO
A thumbs-up for preserving the work of Saarinen and exploiting the basement space that was originally less desirable without altering the general impression and character of the project.
It is sensitive to the resources and shows real attention to detail—great use of materials, lighting dynamics, and spatial results.
Looking into the new sunken courtyard from an adjacent corridor. Photo: Peter Aaron/ OTTO
All of the spaces were clearly improved, and the spaces of this two-college complex were connected functionally and agreeably.
The creation of the sunken courtyards and inclusion of skylights were done in very subtle ways, increasing area and allowing additional uses.
New and old spaces are thoughtfully integrated. Photo: Peter Aaron/ OTTO
- Architect: KieranTimberlake
- Client: Yale University
- Code Consultant: Bruce J. Spiewak, AIA, Consulting Architect, LLC
- Commissioning Agent: BVH Integrated Services
- Construction Manager for Construction: Turner Construction Co.
- Construction Manager for Preconstruction: The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company
- Cost Estimator: International Consultants, Inc.
- Elevator Consultant: Van Duesen and Associates
- Engineer – Civil: URS Corporation
- Engineer - MEP/FP: AltieriSeborWieber LLC
- Engineer – Structural: CVM Engineers
- Environmental Consultant: Atelier Ten
- Food Service Consultant: Ricca Newmark Design
- Geotechnical Consultant: Haley & Aldrich, Inc.
- Geotechnical and Environmental Engineers: URS Corp.
- Interior Designer: Marguerite Rodgers Ltd.
- Landscape Architect: OLIN
- Lighting Consultant: ARUP
- Signage Consultant: Strong Cohen
- Specifications Consultant: Wilson Consulting, Inc.
- Theater Consultant: Theatre Projects Consultants
- Water Proofing Consultant: Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc.
- Photographers: Peter Aaron/OTTO; © Richard Barnes/OTTO
|Seating in the sunken courtyard. Photo:Peter Aaron/ OTTO|
|Daylight washes the wall in a basement-level weaving room. Photo: Richard Barnes/ OTTO|
|Ground-floor plan drawing. Image: KieranTimberlake|