Sasaki’s design for 450 new student apartments at St. Edward’s University continues a fifteen-year relationship with the institution that began with campus landscape design.
A subsequent Sasaki master plan identified the site, key campus pedestrian connections, residential districts, and a desired unit type for the residence hall.
The design for this senior level housing derives its courtyard organization from local climate conditions by using building massing and orientation, tree canopies, and verandas to create comfortable exterior micro-climates suitable for the extreme Austin heat.
Student apartments in four-bedroom, four-bathroom suites ring a green landscaped courtyard. Along Moody Street, a main campus thoroughfare, the design lifts the building to create a shaded outdoor terrace which is shared between the building lobby, a campus-wide café, and multipurpose room. The structural system consists of wood frame over a concrete podium to maximize efficiency and minimize cost.
The landscape is a continuation of the campus pedestrian network creating a link between residential districts and spaces for outdoor programming of passive recreation and celebratory events. Both landscape and building materials are an efficient interpretation of the existing campus palette, utilizing true stucco and campus standard brick and pavers.
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