11. Student Housing by C.F. Moller
The design of the modern house is based on a strong community spirit. The three 15 story buildings are interconnected to collectively accommodate 250 residents. The house has no distinct front or back and looks the same from all sides making it easy to find amidst the college buildings.
The service core of the building and the communal areas are located at the meeting point of the three inner edges, while the outer edges consist of the rooms. A balcony is provided in all spaces to offer beautiful views and maintain transparency. The presence of balconies also reduces the heat load in rooms.
12. Student residence by Z+BCG Architects
This modern house was intended to promote cultural exchange between students and the community. The exposed concrete structure, Glass railing, and the perforated vertical steel sunshades require less maintenance and so have been preferred. It can accommodate a total of 48 students, with 2-3 sharing a room.
The last two floors of the building consist of multi-purpose space, laundry, a self-managed kitchen, and a semi-covered terrace area with a grill for the barbeque.
13. Student Accommodation, Somerville College by Níall McLaughlin Architects
One would forget his home when he looks out through the bay window of this modern student house. Each room has a window made up of oak that projects out of the building. The gaps in between the projections create an interest in the facade. Each facade shouts out a different construction material attracting the viewer’s attention.
The wind tower-like structures are nothing but stairwells which mark the entrances. The building envelope is carefully designed to use low U-value materials to reduce the transmittance of heat.
14. St Edward’s University New Residence and Dining Hall by Alejandro Aravena
The student’s residences of St Edward’s University in Austin, Texas, had to relate to the existing college buildings and serve their purpose. To achieve this the architect kept the exterior walls of the residence similar to the other historic buildings while changing the walls in the courtyard alone.
The articulated footprint was developed not because of the geographic condition, but to provide views from every room without compromising on privacy.
15. The Street by Sanjay Puri Architects
The Street, designed by Sanjay Puri Architects, has an intriguing facade created by the angled bay windows. Each block has a unique bay window color for easy identification from the outside. On the inside, the angled windows offer a great view of the garden and allow winter light and heat while preventing heat from entering during the other months.
The louvres also shade the window and create a serene interior. The angles also block the view into the other hostel block improving privacy.
16. Pomona College Student Housing by Ehrlich Yanai Rhee Chaney Architects
The first student residence to get the LEED platinum certification in California was this building. The sustainability character was the college’s main agenda while designing, which was also influenced by the old campus buildings.
Solar panels, Solar water heater systems, Thermal walls, green roofs, etc., are the main reasons for energy consumption. Horizontal terracotta fins have been used on the exterior facade to maintain a direct connection with the old buildings.
17. Tietgen Dormitory by Lundgaard & Tranberg Architects
The bold circular design of this residence was a response to rigid buildings of the context. This arrangement was adopted to get a central space and as a symbol of equality.
Individual balconies pop out to form a bold identity and are crowned by small terraces. As the sun moves, the act of the shadows resume.
18. Baker House, MIT, by Alvar Aalto
The slithering snake form was adopted by the architect Alvar Aalto to provide a maximum view to all rooms looking over the Charles River. He faced many challenges while designing the singly loaded corridors due to the density and finally arrived at this form.
The staircase is designed along the exterior of the building to allow light and to permit a full view of the surrounding. 22 room shapes were derived from the form and so built-in-furniture had to be designed for all. The attention to detail in the architect’s design brought him recognition in America.
19. Olympic student village, Munich, by Bogevischs Büro
These modern houses are small bungalows equipped with a kitchenette, furniture, refrigerator, and a bathroom unit. The internal staircase gives you access to your private little terrace. Laundry and bike parking space access is given to every resident.
Bar, disco, cafe, pub, sports ground, Olympic park, restaurants, and copy shop are other facilities near the housing.
20. Monash University Student Housing by BVN
The Monash student university student housing achieved a 5-star green rating, falling into the Australian excellence category for sustainability. It consists of two blocks, each of five-story height with operable floor-to-ceiling windows on its facade for ventilation and light.
The wood facade creates a direct bond with the environment of Australia, thus creating a relatable and friendly environment.