The Raven Village at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas, provides much-needed upper-class housing on the edge of campus near its south entrance. The residential community includes 408 beds in one- and two-bedroom apartment-style units and surface parking for 344 cars. Because of the site’s gateway location, the T-shaped, four-story wood frame, brick and CAPACITY408COST PER SQ FT$117.15FEATURED IN2008 Architectural Portfolio building was pushed forward to the street. Study lounge towers situated at the north and south building corners anchor the hall to its site. Parking was pushed to the interior and reduced to several smaller lots to minimize impact and increase accessibility.
Neighborhoods consist of 29 to 35 residents, each supported by a resident adviser and each having a study lounge near the center of the community. The convergence of all communities happens at the center of the buildings including, at the ground floor, an entry plaza and outdoor seating for a convenience store, mailroom and laundry; at the second floor, a TV room, game room, kitchen/dining and a vending area; and at the third and fourth floors, faculty and administrative offices, classrooms and lounges. A skylighted open-air atrium spatially links first- and second-floor common functions.