Acting as a gateway to the University's Hillside District, the 454 bed Hillside Hall is a dynamic model for student housing. In collaboration with Lerner Ladds + Bartels, the $36.4 million award-winning, LEED Silver residence hall is home to freshmen and sophomore students. Traditional double bedrooms, community bathrooms and social lounges are arranged in clusters that establish clearly recognizable neighborhoods within this 124,000SF living-learning community.
The building’s H-shaped plan was adopted to mediate the challenging site geometry and topography. The broad wings nestle into the hillside and define two outdoor courtyard spaces. The residential wings are connected by a transparent bridge, providing bright and lively spaces where students enjoy central two-story lounges accented with fireplaces. Light floods the interior and is animated with a rhythmic pattern of colored glass, creating a diverse array of constantly changing shadows. The façades feature a rich palette of brick, resinous wood panels, metal shingles, and glass.
Establishing a hall that accommodates the differing needs of both first and second year students was a primary challenge. Our team adopted the concept of the “ladder effect” concept where sophomore neighborhoods were treated with attributes that lent distinction from the freshmen neighborhoods without creating overt distinctions.
Passion + Perspective
Mackey Mitchell's nationally recognized expertise in the area of student housing has been a home run on the project.
- Chip Yensan
Director, Housing & Residential Life, URI