Project Description2008 RADA
Campus Housing / Grand
The judges loved the shocks of color that distinguish the three courtyards at this campus housing complex in Tempe, Ariz. The Arizona State University project, known as Hassayampa Academic Village, provides accommodations for 1,928 students, as well as classrooms, computer labs, dining facilities, and retail space.
Architectural firms Machado and Silvetti Associates and Gould Evans, LLC divided the program into a series of five main buildings. The structures are connected by bright-walled courtyards, each one painted a different shade to assert its own identity. “The surprise is that you have this masonry exterior and inside you have these bursts of color that define the space,” said a judge.
The architects enlivened that masonry façade by introducing unexpected shifts in window and concrete masonry unit patterns. “We were trying to be mindful of the budget, so we decided to use very simple and conventional materials in unanticipated ways,” says Derek Johnson, LEED AP, of Machado and Silvetti. Environmental concerns were addressed through strategies such as native landscaping, passive cooling, low-flow fixtures, and ample daylighting. “The desert has an abundance of light, and we wanted to take advantage of that,” says Gould Evans' Krista Shepherd, NCARB, LEED AP.