PROJECTS by TYPE: EDUCATION: • COLLEGES + UNIVERSITIES: Yale University
Timothy Dwight College, one of the twelve residential colleges at Yale a series of interconnected Georgian buildings designed by James Gamble Rogers as Timothy Dwight in 1935 and its annex, Rosenfeld Hall, a single Collegiate Gothic building designed by Kenneth Murchison as St Elmo's Fraternity House in 1912. Within its 192,000 sf of combined space, the comprehensive transformation of Timothy Dwight consisted of restoration (7%), renovation (45%), transformation (42%), and new construction (6%).
The design guidelines included restoring the exterior facades, connecting Timothy Dwight and Rosenfeld functionally, increasing the total number of student beds by 38 percent with more flexible patterns, providing new spaces for student activities, and replacing the entire infrastructure. In Timothy Dwight, we reorganized the student rooms, replaced all of the bathrooms, and created a series of student activities spaces in the basement which connect to a new 3-story library and ceremonial stair. In Rosenfeld, we created new student rooms in the previously unused attic by adding dormers with windows for light and air, and adding new stair towers for egress.
The transformation of the entire residential college is subtle, seamless and dramatic. To the casual observer, the buildings look much as they always did. On further investigation, we find that most things have changed significantly, while the physical presence of the complex has been preserved.
For additional images of Timothy Dwight and Rosenfeld, refer to Projects by Concept: Transformation.