Georgetown University recently added a LEED Gold “living room” for undergraduates that’s so beautiful it’ll make you wish you were a student again—at least one who can afford the posh Washington, D.C. private school. Designed by ikon.5 architects, the Healey Family Student Center is an activity hub filled with cozy study rooms, meeting spaces, cafes, and other programmatic spaces. Renovated from a former mid-century residence hall, the multipurpose adaptive reuse building is filled with natural light, living green walls, and other sustainable and energy efficient systems.
The 45,000-square-foot Healey Family Student Center is a renovation and expansion of the former New South Residence Hall into a living room for undergraduates. The interior spaces are carved out of interior and exterior stone edifices in a nod to the university’s official cheer “Hoya Saxa,” a phrase that roughly translates into “what rocks.” The most eye-catching area is the “Great Room,” a large rectangular student lounge centered on a cylindrical hearth with a variety of seating options naturally illuminated from above and backed by living green walls. Full-height windows and glazed doors extend the Great Room’s footprint to the outdoors, where the landscaped Riverside Terrace overlooks the Potomac River.
In addition to the Great Room’s open-plan lounge and the twelve adjacent study alcoves, the student center includes a smoothie cafe, TV lounge, meeting rooms, art gallery, music practice rooms, stage, pub, dance studios, and even a dividable 350-seat ballroom. A natural materials palette of timber and stone is used throughout the interior. The Healey Family Student Center achieved LEED Gold certification this year thanks to eco-friendly features including recycled materials, certified timber, and systems for optimizing energy performance.
Images by Brad Feinknopf Photographer