St. Edward's University Dorms

Austin / United States / 2008

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We needed to accommodate 300 beds, some social areas and some services for the whole campus in a narrow lot. We did three things: we created a plinth using the more public facilities to activate the ground floor, we carved the volume’s core and placed there the social areas and we articulated the perimeter of the building as much as possible, increasing the linear meters of façade in order to guarantee views and natural light to each room. To be able to resist a tough environment, we opted for a sequence of skins that are hard and rough in the outer layer and become softer and more delicate towards the core.


 


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Necesitábamos capacidad para 300 camas, áreas sociales y servicios para todo el campus en un lote estrecho. Hicimos tres cosas: creamos un zócalo con los programas más públicos para activar el primer piso, esculpimos el núcleo del volumen y colocamos ahí las áreas sociales y articulamos el perímetro del edificio lo más posible, aumentando los metros lineales de fachada para garantizar vistas y luz natural a cada recinto. Para poder resistir a un entorno duro, optamos por una secuencia de pieles pesadas y rugosas en la capa externa y se vuelve más ligeras y delicadas hacia el núcleo.

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    We needed to accommodate 300 beds, some social areas and some services for the whole campus in a narrow lot. We did three things: we created a plinth using the more public facilities to activate the ground floor, we carved the volume’s core and placed there the social areas and we articulated the perimeter of the building as much as possible, increasing the linear meters of façade in order to guarantee views and natural light to each room. To be able to resist a tough environment,...

    Project details
    • Year 2008
    • Work finished in 2008
    • Client St. Edward's University
    • Status Completed works
    • Type Student Halls of residence
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