La Casa Student Housing

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 is clad in a lively composition of glass, masonry and a varied pattern of windows and colorful fiber-cement-panels that expresses the dynamic nature of the neighborhood and its residents. The Chicago Transit Authority’s Pink elevated line and multiple buses are located within a block of the site, providing easy access to the student’s schools that are located throughout the city.

The facility accommodates 100 students within suites of five double rooms, supplemented by five resident assistant apartments. Shared living spaces enhance the collegiate residential experiences with a loft aesthetic that features exposed concrete ceilings, sealed concrete floors and brick walls with views to downtown. Individualized colored accent walls denote each floor to create specific identities within the building.

Support facilities include ground floor retail, lobby/reception, laundry and fitness rooms. La Casa’s sustainable features include low-e glass, occupancy sensor lights, low VOC and high-recycled materials that meet the Chicago Energy Code.

Architect of Record

UrbanWorks, Ltd.


The Resurrection Project

General Contractor



  • HMS Engineering
  • AES Services, Inc.