of Malott Commons from Bowling Green Lawn, inspired by the Gordon
Kaufman-designed residence halls.
Bottom Left: Servery
Bottom Right: North Dining Room
has brought every element of the Scripps College Commons project into
perfect harmony. She has gutted and redesigned a nondescript building
and its surrounding space, creating a place of beauty with an irresistable
quality that spells community. It is the marketplace, the green, the
town square of Scripps and, is already the dynamic center of the campus."
Elizabeth Malott, Donor
Elizabeth Hubert Malott Commons
Completion February 2000
Claremont (Southern California)
32,000 square feet
The college community wanted a building inspired by the historic residence
halls to anchor the north-south axis of the campus. Levin drew from
the rich vocabulary of architectural details, patterns, textures,
and landscape to design a commons unique to Scripps.
Guided by the Scripps tradition of creating buildings with spaces
of simplicity and beauty, Levin recreated a complex of one- and two-story
buildings and courtyards. The extensive renovation was supplemented
with five individual additions. The "renewed" center houses
the servery, dining rooms of differing scales, formality and ambiance;
faculty lounge, offices for student organizations and government,
music studios and the career-resource center. It has become the gathering
place which fosters the intellectual and social interaction and the
sense of community the college desired.