UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI STUDENT HOUSING MASTER PLAN

Submitted to a national design competition for the University of Miami’s Student Housing Master Plan Phase 1, CO Architects’ design attempts to transform preconceived notions of dormitory life on a major college campus. By providing meaningful spaces that foster the relationship of living and learning, the scheme infuses multiple scales of social environments into a cohesive, iconic congregation of buildings. The building block for these social scales is the “home.” Each three-story home comprises private and semi-private program elements juxtaposed to create communities within the university at large, encouraging residents to interact, collaborate, and develop relationships with their neighbors. As these homes stack into larger groupings, it creates meaningful adjacencies, provides shade for terraces, and establishes larger scales of sociability. Lifted from the ground, the building allows the university’s tropical garden and its students to pass underneath with a minimal footprint, creating an urban street within the campus. It also preserves the precious little remaining green space along Lake Osceola. CO Architects’ design received the 2016 Best of Design Award for unbuilt projects from The Architect’s Newspaper.

FACTS

PROJECT NAME University of Miami Student Housing Master Plan
SIZE 505,015 GSF
COMPLETION DATE 2016
LOCATION Coral Gables, FL
CLIENT University of Miami
SERVICES Conceptual Design