First Year Student Village, designed by our Miami studio
Unbuilt Institutional Category Jury Winner
Located in the City Beautiful of Coral Gables Florida, the campus has carried a tradition of an environment where buildings are nestled in gardens, allowing for unique opportunities to dialogue with nature and create indoor and outdoor spaces enriched by the local climate.
Imagine then, an active campus center where a garden provides connectivity from all corners of the campus with communities rising into the sky for commanding views. Two welcoming arms housing the vertical communities extend towards the lake, providing vistas to the campus and east towards the heart of the city that give the Institution its name.
The First Year Student Village represents a culture that celebrates diversity and dynamism. A resolute effort to be future-ready and a historical commitment to a healthy environment that fosters collaboration, engagement, knowledge, and creativity.
This design focuses on the belief that resiliency and restorative strategies are to be at the center of the next generation of buildings. We design and develop new building environments that are responsive and informed by their context. This is the imperative and at the core of this proposal.
Living design is the is the lens through which this building becomes an evolution of what it means to create a community, enhance learning and provide safety and shelter. Because individuality has a dominant role in student life and its ultimate success, each of the four houses are unique with a common bond to unite them. The houses are elevated to liberate the ground plane for pedestrian-scaled traffic between the lake and the canal. By elevating the houses, we encourage a student experience that benefits from changes in perspective from within and without.