Project Description2004 RADA
Judges' Award / Campus Housing / Merit
This campus infill project was designed to "seem more like a village rather than just mass housing." Lauded by the jury for its interesting sequence of spaces and well-handled density, the mixed-use complex encompasses 762 student beds, a student service center, and retail. Principal John Coons and his team focused on trying to connect the buildings with their surroundings in ways that would encourage human interaction. Three courtyards--each with a distinct purpose and feel--make up the core of their plan. Coons says, "We put equal value on the open spaces as much as the built structures."
Located on prominent corners and glazed in curtain walls, common rooms become glowing beacons of gathering. The two-story spaces with interior stairwells and mezzanines also act as vertical bridges between floors in the six-story towers. Placing the laundry room on a high floor draws students up through the building to places they might otherwise never visit, and an outdoor terrace keeps them lingering.