An international maze at Bucknell

Bucknell’s campus has increased a lot during the past decades. Every year more students come, new majors are offered, new buildings must be created. One of the main points is that new dorms must exist, so that new students are able to live on campus. One place where students have the possibility to live at Bucknell is in the small affinity houses on St. George Street. Leiser House is one of those houses, which is a place where americans and international students can live and discuss about intercultural topics.

Leiser House — photo taken by Guilherme Pravato

Due to more and more students willing to live on Leiser House, Bucknell has made many additions to this home over the past years. In the picture below it is possible to notice at least 4 different construction periods for that building, what makes a total of 3 room extensions. Adding new rooms after the original construction made this house not aesthetically pleasant when seen from its sides.

Different building periods at Leiser House

Not only in terms of beauty this house did not succeed, but in terms of usefulness as well. Many students who live there or that go there frequently say that the house is confusing. It is not easy to find the room that you want. Some floors are at two different heights, but are still considered the same. Inside this maze, in each floor you have two stairs, but only one of them goes to the floor below. The other takes you to the restroom and bedrooms.

You take the stairs to the right — the story ends, you wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. You take the stairs to the left — you stay in Wonderland and I show you how deep the rabbit hole goes.

Both the inside and the outside of the house reveal the facts pointed out in this text. The additions made over time, did not form an uniform construction, leading to this failures in the design of the building and on the experience of those who go there.