Cornelia Hall

Cornelia Hall

Set on Tabor Academy’s waterfront campus, Cornelia Hall is the newest girl’s dormitory at the boarding school. Designed to complement the recently completed Matsumura House, Cornelia Hall houses twenty-five students and four faculty families. Consistent with the successful Matsumura plan, the design places faculty and student spaces in a manner that fosters both casual interaction and supervision, encouraging the notion of dormitory as a large “family” residence. The centrally located entry and large common space further encourage the notion of interaction with fellow students while maintaining faculty supervision. This two-story height interior focal point is highlighted by vibrant colors, modern details, and a variety of seating opportunities. Additional design features include a very high level of energy efficiency, a café in the common room, first and second floor enclosed study spaces for group project work, and a central bridge-like walkway that connects the second-floor dormitory wings. On the exterior white cedar shingles were a natural choice for this coastal property while bands of crimson board-and -batten siding accent the building’s perimeter incorporating the school’s colors and create a visual connection with some of the newer buildings on campus.