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BUILDING
 
 
St. Edward’s University Dorms
Hunt, Le Mans and Johnson Halls
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DESIGNER
 
 
Alejandro Aravena

Ricardo Torrejón

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DESCRIPTION
 
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Alejandro Aravena,  Ricardo Torrejón, St. Edward’s University Dorms, Austin. TexasWe needed to accommodate 300 beds, some social areas and some services for the whole campus in a narrow lot.

Alejandro Aravena,  Ricardo Torrejón, St. Edward’s University Dorms, Austin. TexasWe thought of creating a plinth with the more public facilities to activate the ground floor, then the social areas carving the volume’s core and finally articulate 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 while moving towards the core.
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LOCATION
 
Continent
North America
Nation
United States
State
Texas
County
Travis
Town
Austin
Address
Woodward Street (3001 South Congress Avenue/St. Edward's University)
 
 
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TYPOLOGY
 
ARCHITECTURE
Residential buildings
Student housing
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CHRONOLOGY
 
Realisation
2009
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BIBILIOGRAPHIC REFERENCES
 
 
"St. Edward's Residence Hall. Austin, Texas. Alejandro Aravena", Lotus International 145, marzo/march 2011 [Activism in Architecture], pp. 16-21
"Studentenwohnheim in Austin / University Hall of Residence in Austin", Detail 10/2009 [Mauerwerk, Putz, Farbe / Wallings, Rendering, Coloration], "Dokumentation/Documentation" pp. 1040-1045, 1139
Jeanne Claire Van Ryzin, "Austin, Texas", Icon 73, july 2009, pp. 42-46
Jaffer Kolb, Patricio Mardones, "Chile", Architectural Review 1348, june 2009, pp. 40-59
Jaffer Kolb, "St. Edward's University student residences, Austin, Texas", Architectural Review 1348, june 2009, pp. 48-53 (40-59)
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CLIENT
 
 
St. Edward's University
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DIMENSIONAL
DATA
 
Capacity
300 beds
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STRUCTURES
 
 
Datum Engineers, Austin
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LANDSCAPE DESIGN
 
 
Sasaki Associate Inc., Watertown
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STAFF
 
Architect of record
Cotera + Reed Architects, Austin
Collaborators
Tiffani Erdmanczyk, Adam Pyrek, Travis Hughbanks, Joyce Chen, Leyla Shams (Texas)
Victor Oddo, Rebecca Emmonds (Chile)
Construction management
HS&A, Austin
Systems
Acr Engineering, Austin
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CREDITS
 
 
Photos © Cristobal Palma
Text edited by Alejandro Aravena
Courtesy of Pritzker Prize/The Hyatt Foundation | ELEMENTAL

Alejandro Aravena,  Ricardo Torrejón, St. Edward’s University Dorms, Austin. Texas



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