What's INN at the Institute for the Liberal Arts?

What's INN at the Institute for the Liberal Arts?

Vassar College is in the planning and design stages of a new Inn and Institute for the Liberal Arts. The 48,000 sq ft project will include 50 guest rooms, a restaurant, and convening space. The site is located just outside of the campus walls in a picturesque park adjacent to the historic Alumnae House. The project vision creates a space for faculty, students, innovators, leaders, and communities to exchange ideas and foster thoughtful dialogue, but also a social space connecting to town.

FF&P’s concept design combines contextual sensitivity, functionality, and an authentic expression of Vassar’s philosophical ideals. Providing an indoor-outdoor connection by creating natural light, views of the campus, and landscape. Vassar will also maintain the park-like atmosphere surrounding the historic campus. The design of the building preserves the domestic scale of the surrounding neighborhood by breaking the program into discrete elements; a three-story gable roof Inn, a two-story Institute with a restaurant below, and a glass lobby to create notion of a public living room.

Aerial rendering of the Institute for the Liberal Arts and Inn

Aerial rendering of the Institute for the Liberal Arts and Inn

The landscape design creates a welcoming approach with fully accessible pathways and highlights native plant species and on-site water filtration. Vassar holds a deep commitment to sustainability and green building practices which is foregrounded in the building’s high energy efficiency, well day-lit spaces, and the use of natural materials. FF&P is hopeful to break ground in July of 2020 and aiming for the project to be completed by July 2022.

Who’s designing? Who’s inspiring? We are.

Who’s designing? Who’s inspiring? We are.