Pitzer College Residential Life

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Pitzer College Residential Life
When students and faculty settled into Pitzer College’s newest dwellings last year, they were greeted by shaded porches, cozy meeting nooks, and a clearly eco-conscious design. Already known to be a school which holds environmental stewardship as one of its core values, Pitzer’s leadership embraced the design for its attention to the needs of the campus, the students and, most notably, the earth. Reinvented lifestyle: The goal of the three-building residential project was to reinvent the collegiate lifestyle. The design team responded with a self-contained community that blends living accommodations (single- and double-room suites) with learning opportunities (outdoor classrooms, art studio with gallery space, and other informal meeting rooms). This lifestyle encourages students to live on campus for all four years, thus gaining extra time for study and community activities. The college feel: Backdropped by the San Gabriel Mountains in Claremont, California, Pitzer is rich with natural beauty and comfortable weather. To capitalize on these attributes, the residences house amenities like thematic gardens, outdoor meeting spaces, intimate study rooms with expansive windows, faculty suites with exterior patios for informal classes, and community living rooms. A modern building aesthetic, tempered by exposed Ipe wood, lots of colors, and stone finishes on recycled steel helps capture the college feel. Inspired by the “Grove House –


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    Pitzer College Residential Life campus setting site plan illustrates 3-building complex west building and main entry exterior detail - southeast corner building elevation and section south building at night north building facing courtyard residences envelope courtyard cozy meeting nook overhang detail multi-use project floor plan - level 2 floor plan - level 3 Dutch doors - green and aesthetic feature typical room green room diagrams interior study room living and learning space shade trellis
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