Residence Hall for University of Chicago by Studio Gang Architects

Residence Hall

Residence HallThe University of Chicago wanted a new residence hall that would deliver the kind of social spaces students were asking for. They also wanted to build on their successful “house system,” which enhances the experience of campus life for undergraduates.
Residence HallWith these parameters in mind, Studio Gang organized each house around three-story “hubs” that are designed to feel comfortable and homey as well as to encourage collaboration.
Residence HallEach hub offers distinct spaces for study, movie watching, food preparation, and play while also enabling all house members to gather as a complete group. Shared destination spaces such as the top-floor Reading Room offer panoramic views of the city, campus, and Lake Michigan.
Residence HallThis dynamic mix of new residences, dining, retail, amenities, and outdoor spaces extends the University’s footprint to the north. The location allows the design to create a new “front door” for the University with an open and welcoming ambiance, strengthening pedestrian connections between campus and the greater Hyde Park neighborhood.
Residence HallWith its careful assemblage of four slender bar buildings, the project integrates students and community within an urban fabric of plazas, gardens, walkways, and courtyards that offer distinct, human-scaled outdoor environments.
Residence HallAnd while the buildings are oriented to optimize energy performance by maximizing daylight and natural ventilation, they simultaneously create the kind of sunlit urban landscape and lively social vibe that students want.
Residence HallLocation: Chicago, USA 
Architect: Studio Gang Architects 
Associate Architect: Hanbury Evans Wright Vlatta 
Structural Engineering: Magnusson Klemencic Associates 
MEP and Fire Protection Engineering: dbHMS 
Sustainability: Transsolar 
Civil Engineering: David Mason and Associates 
Landscape Design: Hood Design Studio 
Acoustical Design: Threshold Acoustics 
Lighting Design: Lightswitch Architectural 
Construction Manager: Mortenson Construction 
Year: 2013 
Owner: University of Chicago
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