Skyline Residence Hall

Architect: William Rawn Associates, Architects, Inc.

Owner: Brandeis University

Location: Waltham, Massachusetts

Category: Specialized Housing (category four)

This 164-bed, 54,000 SF residence hall serves a broad campus planning goal of linking outlying buildings with the heart of campus. A key challenge of sophomore retention on campus provided an opportunity to create an attractive housing type that encourages interaction and community within a broader campus community, while rethinking a traditional double and single bedroom layout. Informal gathering spaces with access to student kitchens meet the needs of many student groups across campus. Through the use of a fully geothermal heating, cooling, and domestic hot water system coupled with a roof top photovoltaic system and a high-performance fa├žade, the building is a highly sustainable living option on campus.

Additional information

Engineer - Civil: Nitsch Engineering

Engineer - MEP: Rist Frost Shumway Engineering, P.C.

Engineer - Structural: LeMessurier

Contractor: Bond Brothers

Landscape Architect: Reed Hilderbrand


Simon Ha, AIA (Jury Chair), Steinberg Hart, Los Angeles, California

Kai-Uwe Bergmann, FAIA, Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG), New York, New York

Hans Butzer, AIA, Butzer Architects and Urbanism, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Mary Cerrone, AIA, Mary Cerrone Architects, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Image credits

Skyline Residence Hall-06 R

Bruce T. Martin Photography

Skyline Residence Hall-03 R

Bruce T. Martin Photography

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Skyline Residence Hall-07

Bruce T. Martin Photography

View from adjacent sophomore housing looking into three sided quad. Accessible path navigates steep topography and leads to a bridge linking the north and south wings of the residence hall, creating a new connection to the heart of campus beyond.

Bruce T. Martin Photography