Communicating the school’s commitment to student life at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh
The University of Wisconsin challenged our team to capitalize on an opportunity in Oshkosh. The campus needed new student housing that would make a strong statement about UW Oshkosh’s commitment to the quality of residence life. The building would occupy the southern tip of the campus and establish a highly visible, progressive residence hall that would provide students with a model for sustainable living.
Next to the student union and dining commons, the new 165,000-square-foot, 350-bed Horizon Village offers students the choice between two-bedroom and four-bedroom suite-style apartments. The building’s north and south ends feature two-story lounges, and the ground floor has well-equipped public spaces for study and recreation. Our design places all the units in a double-loaded building block. The building bends twice, to shorten corridors and to maintain a consistent relationship with the neighboring street.
The north-south orientation brings direct daylight into each unit every day. Each unit has a bay window with varying types of glass to admit optimum light and to restrict solar gain. Other sustainable design features include green roofs and a geothermal well-field located underneath an expansive semi-circular recreation yard.
At a Glance
- Stantec (Design Architect), Berners-Schober Associates (Architect of Record)
- Wisconsin Masonry Alliance Excellence in Masonry Design Award: Best of Show, Best of Clay Masonry
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