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Project  |  Architecture

North Campus Residence Hall and Dining Commons

University of Chicago

Students living in the University of Chicago House System belong to a campus community that crackles with intellectual energy. Each house develops its own traditions and culture and is home to students of different backgrounds, interests and areas of study to share a common space and a common spirit. In their houses, students learn about the College’s academic and cultural norms and interact with a diverse group of peers, Resident Heads and faculty members. Life in the House System is part of the academic community and an extension of the classroom experience; the academic and communal realms are mutually reinforcing to the success of Chicago students.

Hanbury had the opportunity to immerse deeply in the Chicago House System through an initial phase of work which developed the master site plan, a ‘model house program,’ and preliminary concepts for eight houses (100 students each plus faculty and staff in residence). Following this initial phase, Hanbury partnered with Studio Gang Architects for final design in a design build competition.

The community is a new gateway portal to the campus linking the University to the Hyde Park neighborhood. Three buildings sensitively respond to the varied density contexts, stepping from the urban edge of 55th Street down to the scale of residential neighborhood along University Avenue. The facades are contemporary concrete panels inspired by the University’s architectural traditions and the house concept.

Each house occupies three floors and each includes a central ‘hub,’ the ‘heart of the house,’ which creates functional connections linking the three floors into a single community. The hub connects housemates with common space and activities zoned from the highly active first floor to the highly sought quiet third floor providing a zone of study for each house. The common spaces intentionally promote engagement, diversity and well-being, by providing abundant natural light and warmth, using transparent and open edges, including a central stair, and creating a natural invitation to ‘join in house activities.

The eight houses share common spaces including dining, retail, social space, multipurpose rooms, offices, classrooms, a coffee shop, and a community commons. A signature reading room on the 14th floor of the tallest building is used by the community and the campus, as it celebrates memorable vistas of Chicago.

Green roofs and secure landscaped courtyards provide common space and contribute to one of the many features that earned this project LEED Gold, as they retain one hundred percent of stormwater and discharge it back into the ground, eliminating overflow from the Chicago sewer system.

“We are so pleased with your work here at the University of Chicago, and have benefited greatly from your insight, knowledge of the industry, and responsiveness. Many thanks for your ongoing collaborations.”

–Steven Wiesenthal, FAIA, Senior Vice President and University Architect, University of Chicago

Project  |  Architecture

Residential Honors College

Purdue University

The Purdue Honors College is designed to provide meaningful opportunities to enhance the honors student experience. The Honors College includes over 40,000 sf (of 320,000 total sf) of space dedicated to academics. The residences, which are designed in a ‘pod’ configuration are integral with the College and provide a home to more than 800 interdisciplinary scholars. The Honors College creates a complete ‘living/learning’ environment in which every student can feel connected, learn, and grow as they each pursue their academic and social lives.Working with the Dean of the College, students, faculty and staff, the Hanbury team engaged early with Purdue to develop the initial feasibility study which articulated the goals, vision, program, master plan, siting options and budget for the Honors College. The initial document also served as a fundraising tool.  Following the feasibility study, Hanbury was selected to develop the final design, in association with CSO Architects. The Honors College is a vibrant community, bringing faculty, administration, staff and students together daily. The College includes offices for the dean, faculty and support staff as well as a STEAM (Science, Tech, Engineering, Arts and Agriculture, Math) class lab, and a Computer Col-lab (the next generation of computer lab encouraging student interaction). There is also an Honors Hall with seating for more than 400 for presentations, lectures, movies and, when not reserved for an activity, group and individual studying. The Honors College and Residences also feature multiple large and small study rooms, reading rooms, recreational lounges, community living rooms and a retail dining operation.The Honors College is sited along a main artery of Purdue University’s campus adjacent to the Windsor neighborhood, a group of historic residences cherished by the Purdue community. The University desired the Honors College to complement the massing and materiality of the historic structures yet provide 21st Century learning spaces that clearly communicate the innovation and state of the art learning that happens daily in the College. 

Project  |  Architecture

McMurtry and Duncan Residential Colleges

Rice University

Residential colleges are a signature strength of the Rice campus, and these new colleges help the University strategically grow by sustaining the culture of the colleges. As an outgrowth of the strategic plan prepared by Hanbury, these two new residential colleges complete the residential area on the north campus. Each College houses 328 students. The Colleges provide the traditional features of residential colleges including dedicated dining commons, libraries, master’s residences, civic space, and green space. The dining commons converts to theatre spaces for the respective colleges. 

Both Colleges are designed to achieve Rice’s 2006 pledge to make all new buildings meet the National Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards. Hanbury led the energy modeling effort for each of the colleges. Special features assist in the monitoring of energy use in the buildings. Additional features include the use of ‘green roof’ terraces, prefabricated bathrooms, and rainwater collection. The project was designed in collaboration with Hopkins Architects, London.

“The planning of the colleges was inspired by the 2004 Rice University Master Plan Study, but the elegant and subtly nuanced final design provided a living and learning environment that hardly could be imagined or surpassed.”

Barbara White Bryson, former Associate VP for Facilities Engineering and Planning