Villanova University “Hamlet” Collegiate Village Master Plan

Radnor, PA


Villanova University


BLT Architects
Planning and architecture

Michael Ytterberg
Design Principal


Size: NA
Cost: NA
Completion: 2011

The Hamlet builds upon the University Master Plan to study the feasibility of constructing a fully-accessible collegiate village across Lancaster Avenue from the main University campus. The new sub-campus was planned to include the phased development of academic spaces, 1,200 beds of student housing, a 590-seat performing arts center, a 1,550-car structural garage, and a central utility plant.

The siting provides a modulated, urbane street front, punctuated by views to the green spaces at the rear. Plus, massing and setback yield a calculated variation among building types. Consistency provided by materials and detailing extend the historically-rich campus across a busy highway. The Hamlet was intentionally planned as a series of courtyards reminiscent of the great British universities, the basis for Villanova’s campus architecture, yet not followed so evocatively on the main campus.