The design of this new living-learning center embodies a contemporary take on existing campus vernacular and creates a social hub for student residents. The form derives from basilica typology – a large, open, centralized nave and gabled roof – which becomes a community space for residents. Materials and massing stem from the newly constructed campus chapel – extensive brick walls, tall expanses of glass, and a standing seam metal roof.
Phase I of the project included three levels of student housing featuring 93 total student beds. The rooms range from one to two-bedroom units located on each wing of the building. With a spacious area situated between the two glass facades, students are provided a common area to gather, study, and interact with peers. The vertical protrusions and horizontal overhang at each curtain wall are designed for daylighting, allowing the winter sun to enter the building and shield the summer heat.