La Casa Student Housing Interiors

Chicago, Illinois / United States of America

La Casa establishes an innovative model for student housing in Chicago’s vibrant Pilsen neighborhood. The architects developed the unique program with a community-based developer to provide a subsidized college residential experience for Hispanic students who cannot afford to live at nearby universities.

The six-story, 33,000-square-feet concrete structure accommodates 100 students. Five residential floors contain two suites of five double occupancy rooms centered on a communal living space and a common kitchen. Spaces are organized to receive ample natural light and the material palette includes sealed concrete floors, color accent walls, wood veneer doors, and concrete ceilings. Exposed brick in the living rooms adds to the loft aesthetic that’s found in many buildings in the neighborhood. Ground floor amenities include residential lobby/reception, laundry, and workout facilities, as well as a coffee shop.

All interiors follow green principles to enhance the student’s living experience while conserving energy. Sensor-controlled lighting and low VOC finishes are used throughout.

La Casa provides a unique community experience for students joined by ethnic heritage rather than specific school affiliation. Its interiors create an urban model for shared living that strives to establish new relationships for young adults on their own for the first time.

Architect of Record

UrbanWorks, Ltd.


The Resurrection Project

General Contractor



  • HMS Engineering
  • AES Services, Inc.