Bent & Skewed – A Good Thing!

Jordan Gatewood By: Jordan Gatewood

GVSU_20150713Wrapping up today in Flint, MI is the 2015 GLACUHO (Great Lakes Association for College and University Housing Officers) where MMA architects Jordan Gatewood and Lea McRoberts are learning more about the region and sharing information on our latest residence hall in Michigan. Grand Valley State University, a liberal arts college in Allendale is about to offer students a new cluster-style living center. Working with partner architect FTC&H, Mackey Mitchell developed a design that breaks down large floor plates into smaller, more intimate, human-scaled “neighborhoods.” To avoid long continuous hallways and broad expanses of facade, each wing was “bent and skewed” to visually diminish the scale. The H-shape also has the benefit of forming quads, with the west side presenting a public social area, while the eastern quad offers a sense of privacy with views toward a wooded ravine.