North College West Tower, New Residential Colleges

$ 100,000,000   1 opportunity   1 funded

A key element of the new colleges complex is a rich skyline: there will be a major tower on North College reaching 190 feet, as well as two smaller towers that anchor pedestrian walks and courtyards. Such towers are a characteristic convention of collegiate gothic architecture and a familiar feature of numerous buildings across Yale’s campus. In the new colleges, the towers have been located to punctuate the pattern of the buildings, identify important functions and destinations, and delineate important intersections. They will be easily visible from other parts of the campus and the City, and will help link the old colleges to the new.

In North College, the major West Tower will stand at the corner of the Farmington Canal Greenway and Prospect Walk, the pedestrian walkway that bisects the college complex. At the base of the tower will be the North College servery; the second and third floors will house spaces for the library, a focal point of academic life. The tower will also be equipped with a traditional belfry—a counterpoint to the Harkness Tower carillon.

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