Project name: The Williams Inn
Project overview: Pastoral Berkshires building celebrates an historic agrarian landscape through a 64-room contemporary inn inspired by the New England connected farm. Clad in local stone and reclaimed wood, this LEED Gold inn reinvigorates the town center, reclaiming a semi-industrial site, protecting wetlands and creating a public park and outdoor rooms shared by guests and community.
Project location: Williamstown, Massachusetts
Firm name: CambridgeSeven
Project type: Hotel
Project information: New construction
Jury comments: The Williams Inn seamlessly fits its pastoral context in its aesthetic and ambition. The building site within its landscape is thoughtfully executed, and the use of local materials and native species was particularly distinctive. The tranquil, yet active landscape—full of walking trails, outdoor entertainment spaces, and paths leading to and from town—doubles as an environmentally restorative feature that gives back to the community via its many sustainable attributes. Although we appreciated the charm of the New England minimalism interior, we craved more excitement, life, and color.
BSA Impact: Environment
Client: Williams College
Images/Photographer(s): Ryan Bent; Kwesi Budu-Arthur; Ngoc Doan
Consultants: Acentech Inc.; Cromwell Consulting; DG Jones International, Inc; Guntlow & Associates, Inc.; Haley & Aldrich; HLB; Jensen Hughes; Nitsch Engineering; Odeh Engineers; Stimson Landscape Architect; WSP
AIA Framework for Design Excellence: Integration | Equitable Communities | Ecosystems | Water | Well-being | Resources