Querétaro Campus Residence Hall

Santiago de Querétaro, Mexico
A Prototype of Design Excellence

As Mexico’s leading university, Tecnologico de Monterrey set out to deploy a new residential model for its large network of campuses across the country. This new model, Tec21, encourages holistic student development through project-based, collaborative work that promotes learning everywhere—not just the classroom.

With Querétaro Campus Residence Hall, we developed a new residential lifestyle model that is both broadly replicable and context specific. As a result, students will find the same high-quality residence on any Tec campus no matter their socioeconomic status. The model helps unify and augment the institution’s brand, making Tec synonymous with academic excellence and an equitable experience of quality.

Community spaces provide a home-like experience.
What makes it cool
The programmatic framework is replicable across all campuses.
Building Community

As the pilot for this new residential model, Querétaro’s new Residence Hall nurtures 500 students with a warm, home-away-from-home experience.

The first and second floors host a collection of campus amenities—from study alcoves, dining, and dedicated rooms for music and gaming, to a learning commons, makerspace, and more.

Communal kitchens act as “town squares,” promoting a sense of community.
Spaces of respite include a place for watching movies or gaming.
A multipurpose room on the top floor offers spectacular views and a space to host educational sessions and events.
Double-occupancy bedrooms optimize daylight and views.
Evolving the Standard

The upper resident-only floors provide students with social support. Each floor hosts two 40-student cohorts, one on either side of the central circulation spine. The model creates a communal experience by intentionally limiting cohort sizes and provides a shared commons, equipped with kitchen/dining, lounge, and a dedicated balcony. The semi-suite clusters—two double bedrooms connected by a bathroom—can be assigned single gender or co-educational, a departure from Mexico’s single-gender standard.

Conceptually, the building elevation provides a textured background reflecting the local craft of weaving, against which colorful balconies punctuate communal spaces for students.
Designing Responsibly

The building is designed with sustainability and resilience at the forefront. Sensitive to solar orientation, the façade blocks solar heat gain while maintaining adequate level of daylight inside. A robust series of resilience strategies have been developed to solve the risks and vulnerabilities of every campus, including earthquake, ashes from volcanic eruptions, lack of water, and extremely hot temperatures.

Project Team

Yanel de Angel
Vandana Nayak
Kevin Mereness
Kevin Mereness
Antonio Perez Vazquez
Ron Stelmarski