University of Chicago Campus North Residential Commons

PrizeWinner in Architectural Design / Educational Buildings
Firm LocationChicago, United States
CompanyStudio Gang
Design TeamJeanne Gang, Mark Schendel, Todd Zima, Aurelien Tsemo, John Castro, Emily Licht, Vincent Calabro, Wei-Ju Lai, Ashley Ozburn, Laura Ettedgui, Chris Vant Hoff, Beth Zacherle, Paige Adams, Ana Flor, Zac Heaps, William Emmick, Roger Molina-Vera, Kara Boyd, Jay Hoffman, Schuyler Smith, Weston Walker, Juan de la Mora, Christopher Ciraulo, Lindsey Moyer, Will Lambeth, Danny Jimenez, Angela Peckham, Michael Leaveck
ClientUniversity of Chicago

Featuring a mix of student residences, dining
options, amenities, retail, and green spaces,
the Campus North Residential Commons offers
the kinds of social spaces and experiences
that enhance campus and academic life for
today’s undergraduates. It is also designed as
a welcoming portal to the University,
strengthening connections between students and
the surrounding community.

The design situates three slender bar
buildings in an urban fabric of inviting
outdoor spaces for students and neighbors. The
buildings are scaled to their context, with
the tallest structure completing the urban
edge of a busy thoroughfare, while the lower
structures are attuned to the surrounding
neighborhood. Precast concrete panels are used
to clad the building, a contemporary facade
informed by the University’s neo-Gothic
tradition.

Enhancing the University’s House system, which
encourages interaction and collaboration
between students to support social and
academic success, the buildings are organized
around House hubs, three-story communal spaces
that are designed to feel comfortable and
home-like. Each hub offers distinct spaces for
studying, cooking, and relaxing in small
groups or individually, while also enabling
all House members to assemble together. All
eight Houses share spaces such as the top-
floor Reading Room, creating additional
opportunities for relationship building among
students.