The 40,000 square foot building consolidates the various studio and classroom spaces – originally scattered throughout the college campus – into a single unifying structure. Sited at the farthest southeast section of the Williams College campus, the art building enjoys some of the most amazing views of the surrounding Berkshire mountains. In such a context, the design integrates these views wherever possible as a vital component of the life of the building.
The partial U-shaped plan of asymmetric arms brackets with its two wings a south-facing courtyard. The studios are distributed according to their need of light and height, thus all painting and drawing studios face north, and the sculpture studio is located at the end of a slope to increase the available height of the space. The two and three story building is a direct result of fitting a dense and complex program across a difficult topography constrained by strict setbacks. All these factors lead to the design of a site-specific structure that does not simply telegraph the tensions present in the site but rather integrates them as a natural set of circumstances thanks to the architecture.
Superficie Building size
3.700 m² 40,000 ft²
Carlos Jiménez Studio, Houston, Texas
Cambridge Seven Architects, Cambridge, Massachussets (arquitecto local architect of record)
Equipo Project team
Carlos Jiménez Studio: Carlos Jiménez (director, autor del proyecto?principal, project designer); John Bowley, AIA, (arquitecto de proyecto project architect); Robert Fowler, Eric Batte, Mason Wickham, Joaquin Diz Cambridge Seven Architects: Bob Galloway, AIA, (arquitecto de proyecto project architect); Melissa Douglas, Dick Tuve
Consultores Project consultants
John Born Associates, Cambridge, Massachusetts (estructura, ingeniería structural, engineering) Luchini Milfort Goodell & Associates (MEP) Vincent P. Guntlow (ingeniería civil civil engineering); Daedalus Projects (presupuesto cost); Michael McCann (higiene industrial industrial hygienist)
Aquadro & Cerruti, Northampron, Massachusetts (contratista general general contractor)
Paul Hester, Hester+Hardaway Photographers; Timothy Hursley Photography