University of Houston, Cougar Village

Houston, Texas

  • FIRM

    HADP Architecture, Inc.


    University of Houston

  • AREA

    291,038 sq.ft.





Cougar Village is an on-campus residence hall providing 1,179 beds in two-bedroom, double-occupancy suites with multiple types of live/learn environment spaces. The project includes six floors of living units above the ground floor, and two active lounges and four quiet lounges per floor. The ground floor contains a common lounge, seminar and classrooms, ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONASSOCIATED FIRMAmbrose & HouseCAPACITY1,179COST PER SQ FT$147.74FEATURED IN2012 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYSpecialized facilities, fitness center, computer lab and convenience store.

A highly aggressive budget and schedule led to an efficient design configuration that uses tunnel-form construction with a precast insulated concrete exterior envelope.

Utilities divided the site into two irregular-shaped plats, so modular student housing was used to create correct proportions on the site. The architect also persuaded the client to increase from a four-story to seven-story structure, reducing the footprint and adding green space.

Social integration into the surrounding campus neighborhood was crucial. The design created an energized cross-transfer of residential and campus life through open spaces on the ground floor, floor-to-ceiling windows, multiple live/learn spaces, and a covered walkway/bridge to adjacent dining and residence towers.