The University of California San Diego‘s striking new Rita Atkinson Residences may have students across the states scrambling to fill out an application. The graduate student housing building is part of an effort to meet the university’s unique goal of housing half of the student population in campus facilities, enhancing the educational experience on campus. Architect Joseph Valerio designed the project to target LEED Silver certification while attracting top students with its refined modern design.
The contemporary housing project consists of 226 two-bedroom units as well as support areas for the residents. The average unit is 725 square feet, and the building totals roughly 225,000 square feet spread over nine floors. The minimal interior finishes were purposefully selected to maintain an urban aesthetic while conserving material resources.
Sealed concrete plays a primary role throughout the project, making up the floors, ceilings, columns, and walls. Extensive glazing throughout ensures that students are able to make the most of the southern California sun while diving into their studies.