The social bonds which students form in their first years in college dramatically shape their lives and academic future. Current residence hall typologies create prescribed social conditions due to limited adjacencies and minimal communal space. These conditions can lead to isolation for some students and exposure to the wrong influences for others. This project aims to create a new typology which gives students the maximum ability to meet, choose and expand their social groups. In addition, transformable spaces allow for more communal gathering and promote continued on-campus living which is both safer and more productive.
The video above explains the formal organization of the units and reveals the social benefits compared to traditional dorm typology.
Comparison to existing residence hall typologies.
Illustrating the three new types of connections to adjacent suites.
The main focus of this project are these 8 person suites. Here, in plan and section, you can clearly the degrees of social freedom afforded to students. Typically residents would share the same room / bunk. This organization not only increases social bonds when you want them, but also allows for privacy when you need it.
The unit plan was designed to be flexible and apply to whatever shape it required. Residence halls are often long strips, L-shaped, T-shaped, or in this case, courtyard-centric. The application of the unit type to this particular form is just to illustrate one example of many possibilities. Ideally this new type could be applied to residences on any campus.