Campus Walk

Along my campus walk, I was forced to notice features that otherwise never cross my mind. Here, I will address a few critical design principles and elements.


Balance: On the Maryville campus, I noticed that overall, there is a great balance of nature (plants, grass, trees, mountain view) and buildings/technology. Anderson Hall is also a great example of balance- the building seems to be almost symmetrical.

Proximity: One thing I noticed on the campus is that most of the sports buildings and fields are relatively close to one another. This, I’m sure, is predominantly due to function. The sports fields are on the opposite side of campus from the Clayton Center. Perhaps the design is this way to separate feelings of competition.

Contrast: Freshman dorms, Thaw Hall, and Sutton Center all seem to be outliers compared to the more newly built/renovated buildings. The bricks are a very different color and the architectural design is much more boxy and closed off than the newer buildings are. 

Unity: On a scale of 1-10 I would rate the Maryville campus a 6.5 on the unity spectrum. Many of the buildings flow well from one to the other, but, as mentioned above, there are a few that are disconnected.

Hierarchy: Two buildings that stand out on campus are the Clayton Center and Anderson Hall. The Clayton Center is larger than most other buildings, and is seen as soon as one drives on campus. This building is also open to the entire Maryville community, so it seems a little more stylized and flashy than other buildings. Anderson Hall, though newly renovated, is related to the history of Maryville College. It’s in the shape of a cross, which reminds students that the school used to be a seminary. The tower on top of Anderson is in the Maryville College logo, so is an integral part of Maryville College.


Line: I noticed line especially in The Clayton Center. When walking toward the buildings from the middle of campus, Clayton Center A has a noticeably unusually shaped wall. It curves in a way that mimics the mountain range that it frames (in between Clayton A and Clayton B).

Shape: Anderson, as discussed above, is an example of shape due to its cross-like form.

Color: New buildings such as Clayton, Lloyd, and Gibson are made up of brick that has a warm, reddish tint. This contrasts with the green in the grass and surrounding landscaping in a way that makes the buildings pop.


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