Occidental College, New Student Residence

Los Angeles, California

This student housing project will address a variety of needs of the college, such as alleviating the tripling-up of students, expanding the range of housing options, supporting a living-learning environment, and satisfying conferencing needs.

The project includes 132 units housing 274 beds. Unit options include three-bedroom/one-bathroom suites; one- ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCAPACITY269FEATURED IN2007 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYWork in Progress two-bedroom/one bathroom suites; and one-bedroom/one-bathroom apartment-style rooms. The new residence offers four stories, as well as three stories of sub-grade parking with 235 spaces.

The design expresses an awareness of traditional architecture as Myron Hunt did in his campus plan and numerous buildings at Occidental College, as well as a willingness to employ technology. The exterior materials and detailing of the proposed residence hall buildings are reminiscent of those on the existing campus buildings. The goal was to integrate this new development seamlessly into the campus fabric. The primary organizing element of the building plan is three courtyards linked by a pedestrian paseo cross axis. Classrooms, multipurpose spaces, recreation spaces, lounges, study rooms and an exterior banquet space have been incorporated carefully into the design of this living/learning complex. This new residence hall will be a future gateway to the campus.