University of California, Colleges 9 & 10 Residence Halls, Dining Hall and University Center

Santa Cruz, California

  • FIRM

    EHDD Architecture


    University of California—Santa Cruz

  • AREA

    200,000 sq.ft.





The heavily wooded, steeply sloping site and the geologically challenging underground karst system guided the planning of the dining hall, University Center and residence halls. All of these buildings incorporate views, light and air to offer social spaces that promote reflection and learning for students and faculty.

The buildings surround a natural meadow, and ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCAPACITY800COST PER SQ FT$310.00FEATURED IN2003 Architectural Portfolio residential complex encircles comfortable outdoor plazas, offering ample gathering space. Each residential cluster has a unique, village-like identity. College Nine’s sunny location is energized by bright colors, and College Ten’s wooded setting uses subdued colors to accent the redwoods and their shadows.

The dining halls also have unique identities. College Nine’s round hall provides views of surrounding redwoods, and College Ten’s barn-like space includes a dual-function stage for meetings or presentations, or for informal, afternoon concerts.

Above College Ten’s Dining Hall, the University Center offers faculty and alumni their own place on campus. A large main lounge, circular fireplace and spectacular views define this space, which also includes a dining terrace, conference rooms and lounges.