Grove Street Residence, WPI
Grove Street Residence, WPI Worcester, MA A new 250 bed residence hall adjacent to historic mill buildings is situated within the urban fabric of Worcester. The site is the second campus building to venture into a shared science and technology park, bridging academia and practice. The landscape is designed to connect the old and new, with generous and secure outdoor open space, inspired by the innovative work of science and technology. Located along Faraday Street, Faraday’s scientific discoveries provided the genesis for landscape and architectural design elements, such as a light pit based on the benzene molecule. The scope of the landscape includes an extensive, planted courtyard, streetscape, entry plaza, and casual outdoor social spaces that have a range of seating types. The design makes a strong connection between inside and outside. A “carpet” of stone paving continues from the entry plaza, through the lobby and back outside again to the courtyard space. The planning of the building and landscape recognises the need to connect the residence hall to the main campus through visual and physical path connections that reflect student’s current paths of travel.