Houston Baptist University, Residential College—The Lake House

Houston, Texas

  • FIRM

    Gensler

  • CLIENT

    Houston Baptist University

  • AREA

    130,681 sq.ft.

  • TOTAL COST

    $28,500,000.00

  • COMPLETION DATE

    8/2008

Houston Baptist University’s new Residential College, known as The Lake House, is the first component of a plan to support the growth and enhance the experience of its undergraduate community. The new Residential College was designed to encourage the development of a student community within the building.

Six basic suite types provide on each floor a variety of ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONASSOCIATED FIRMFisher Friedman & AssociatesCOST PER SQ FT$218.00CITATIONSilver CitationFEATURED IN2009 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYResidence Halls/Lounges geared toward freshmen and upper-class students. Front porches—a widening of the corridor outside each unit—are provided as places for casual interaction to occur. Other amenities including study rooms, a prayer chapel, parlor, activity lounge/laundry room combination, vending area, fitness facility and outdoor terraces all are provided as places for students to interact and develop a sense of community.

The six-story building includes 95 units providing 340 beds. Freshmen suites include five single rooms or three double rooms supported by two bathrooms. Accommodations for upperclassmen include one- and two-bedroom apartments. Each floor also includes three resident-adviser units.

The plan of the building is curved to reduce its apparent length. The design of the building reflects the architectural vernacular of the campus through the use of brick, stone and a metal hipped roof. The site design includes an oval pond that complements the curvilinear facade of the building. An outdoor plaza and shade structure adjacent to the pond provide a setting for outdoor social events.

“This project uses space very efficiently through a timeless design concept.”--2009 jury