Williams College Bookstore

Programming and architectural design for new college bookstore

Designed by Cambridge Seven Associates, the new Williams College Bookstore provides a dynamic and inviting retail venue for students, faculty, residents and visitors. This three-story building, designed for LEED Gold certification, features large two-story windows, canopies, and rhythmic openings in the façade that create a dialogue between the new building and the existing street fabric while the use of local materials celebrates the vernacular expressions of Western Massachusetts and the unique character of the Berkshire Mountains. Housing trade books, textbooks, a 3rd wave coffee bar, Williams College memorabilia and swag, as well as commercial office space on the third floor, the Bookstore’s interior spaces are playful and bright, juxtaposing brick walls with light wood and fresh quartz shelving. A staircase serves as a vertical hearth, allowing guests to move freely between books and retail. The building will also serve as a community room for faculty book readings, organized book groups, and student study areas.