University of Chicago’s Woodlawn Residential and Dining Commons

Architonic – As one of a handful of elite US universities with a Residential Life system based on Houses, UChicago’s Woodlawn Residential and Dining Commons program brief called for a 385,000 square foot building offering living and dining accommodations that promote active learning environments for 1,300 undergraduate students. Beyond manifesting this House system in a tailored architectural form, the University’s aspirations included addressing a critical need for more on-campus housing, connecting the campus to the adjacent Woodlawn residential neighborhood, providing a continuity of architectural quality on campus, and making the building highly sustainable as a part of a commitment to carbon reduction.