South Residence Halls and Dining Commons, The University of Chicago

Distinguished Building Award Submission

This new multi-function complex provides student rooms as well as social and dining spaces serving 811 residents on the south edge of the campus. The design respects the historic campus through the use of limestone exteriors, expressed in a contemporary vocabulary via a rain-screen cladding system. Through careful choreography of scale, materials and detail, the design contains considerable variety, transcending typical residence hall architecture. The massing, centered around two exterior courtyards, responds to the adjacent residential neighborhood by stepping from nine to five stories and by incorporating smaller elements.
The University’s residential system provided the project’s “building block,” hosting 100 students—representing all four classes—in each House. An important goal was that the project create a sense of community and identity for each of the eight Houses. At the heart of each House, a two-story Living Room provides the social focus, supported by shared spaces. The Houses are expressed architecturally on the building’s facade, helping students identify their “home.”
The Dining Facility, which includes not only a full-service operation serving the new complex and the adjacent residence hall, but also a retail café/convenience store was designed to be used by members of the larger university community and the neighborhood.

Goody Clancy
The University of Chicago
  • Carol Naughton + Associates
  • Cosentini Associates, LLP
  • David Mason & Associates
  • JJR
  • KJWW Engineering
  • LeMessurier Consultants
  • Matrix Structural Engineers, Inc.
  • Mekus Tanager
  • Ricca Newmark Design
  • TMGAV, The Moore Group Audio Visual
General contractor
Chicago, Illinois