University of Chicago Campus North Residential Commons by Studio Gang Architects

University of Chicago Campus North Residential Commons

University of Chicago Campus North Residential Commons
Photo © Tom Harris Photography

The Campus North Residential Commons offers the kinds of social spaces and experiences that enhance campus and academic life for today’s undergraduates.

University of Chicago Campus North Residential Commons
Photo by Steve Hall, © Hedrich Blessing

The full block site is intended as a new portal to campus and is designed to encourage interactions and exchange between students while also opening up the university to the greater Hyde Park community.

University of Chicago Campus North Residential Commons
Photo by Steve Hall, © Hedrich Blessing

The design situates four slender bar buildings in an urban fabric of plazas, gardens, walkways, and courtyards that together form inviting, public and semi-private outdoor spaces for students and neighbors.

University of Chicago Campus North Residential Commons
Photo by Steve Hall, © Hedrich Blessing

The building is scaled to its context, with the highest structure completing the urban edge of busy 55th Street, while nearby structures are more attuned to the residential neighborhood along University Avenue. Pre-cast concrete panels are used to clad the building, a contemporary facade informed by the University’s gothictradition.

University of Chicago Campus North Residential Commons
Photo © Tom Harris Photography

Enhancing the University’s House system, which encourages interaction and collaboration between students of different years to support social and academic success, the buildings are organized around House hubs, three-story communal spaces that are designed to feel comfortable and homey.

University of Chicago Campus North Residential Commons
Photo by Steve Hall, © Hedrich Blessing

Each hub offers distinct spaces for studying, movie watching, cooking, and playing in small groups or individually, while also enabling all House members to assemble together to discuss household chores and energy use and to plan group activities or study sessions. Source by Studio Gang Architects.

University of Chicago Campus North Residential Commons
Photo by Steve Hall, © Hedrich Blessing

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