The jury said, “ . . . great that they did not take down the towers . . . connector is a nice contrast . . .interiors are appealing . . . great use of color.”
The new policy to house all freshmen and sophomores on campus at Ohio State University (OSU) created a need to increase housing capacity. Three areas were identified to create density, foster a more dynamic student experience, and sustainably leverage existing infrastructure. Additions of bed capacity, program, utility/sustainability regeneration, and improvements to the district civic space for recreation use and passive open space were planned.
One area was the South High-Rise District. By inserting connectors between two existing eleven-story residential towers, new entry lobbies, student social and study spaces, additional beds, and newly-defined courtyards were added. Anchoring the additions to the existing infrastructure of bathrooms, stairs, and elevators, the project delivered beds at a reduced cost (an average of $50,000/ bed).