The Lofts at Washington University in St. Louis
Architect: William Rawn Associates, Architects Inc.
Location: St. Louis, Missouri
Category: Specialized Housing (category four)
This unique type of residence hall explores ways of adapting residential life models of living and learning to an urban model.
This 280,000 sf mixed-use project (including retail and 415 beds in loft-style apartments) represents the University’s efforts to revitalize its surrounding neighborhood by locating student apartments in “the Loop” – an incredibly vibrant 24-hour urban district located six blocks from the University. A unique type of residence hall, the project explores ways of adapting residential life models of living and learning to an urban model. Student residences in transparent towers over ground floor retail immerse students in the urban life of the Loop. A new pedestrian mews, activated by student residences with stoops, connects The Loop with a residential neighborhood to the north.
The project visibly expresses its commitment to sustainable living and is LEED Platinum certified. Key elements include bioswales, rain gardens, photovoltaic and solar thermal systems, sustainable building materials and high-efficiency glazing. A south-facing solar shading system is one of the key architectural focal points of the project.
"Appreciate that urban environment seen as asset to engage in rather than shut out."—Jury comment