Cruger Village Residence Hall is the first of a series of residence halls intended to reestablish Cruger Village as the center of student life at Bard College in upstate New York. It is the focal point of the Village as one enters the area through wooded pedestrian paths, creating a gateway into the residential courtyard that lies beyond.

The main challenge for this project was the College's immediate demand for student housing, which needed to be designed and built in less than a year. The residence hall is 20,000 square feet and accommodates 67 beds made up of singles and doubles, an R.A. apartment, and common spaces.

The use of "barn red" clapboard siding, a standing seam metal roof, and heavy timbers recalls the character of the local upstate New York farmlands. This theme is brought into the interior common spaces where it gives the students a relaxing, uncomplicated place to gather.

Photography © Robert Benson