design 301 | FALL 2013

The dormitory is a comprehensive design studio that combined an aggregated living unit with the introduction of the structural and functional components including mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and accessibility. 

3. dormitory

The housing typology remains primarily unchallenged in modern architecture, typically encompassing a unit and an organizational strategy that maximizes efficiency in assembly and material.

Through the development of a living unit consisting of three levels, two private and one public, these were then stacked and organized following the original study of the armadillo skin. The flex in the form allows for each unit to function independently while relating to its neighbors. This creates a feeling of community across the balconies and across the hallways. These units rest atop a plinth which functions as the main public space: gallery, studio spaces, and student lounges. 

The offset and shifted units provided a structural challenge that was resolved through the analysis of bridge systems and the creation of a series of trusses that contain the units. The stair core in each unit acts as the central placement for the truss system and it runs straight through to the public spaces. 


2. living Unit

The unit was conceived as an individual scale in the armadillo skin, working with the others to create a complete shell.

It works on three levels, the entry being in the middle level which has the living room / dinning space. The two bedrooms are above and below the middle level, isolated from corridors and balconies it provides a space for relaxation. The middle level connects to the broad corridors that act as gathering spaces and all the way through the balconies within the units create cross ventilation and exterior to interior views. 


1. Precedent