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Tulane University
Sustainability and collabora- tive spaces are the trends point- ed out by Adam Yarinsky, a prin- cipal of Architecture Research Office, which designed Tulane University’s LEED-Gold Bar- bara Greenbaum House, which opened in 2014. In Yarinsky’s view, the residence “strengthens Tulane University’s residential college program through the de- sign of public spaces that foster a sense of community.” Various elements do so, such as a shared, ground-level “house living room
and special events room” an ac- cessible courtyard, and a semi- nar room that can be set up for various uses.
Yarinsky describes common areas that “share a similar palette and are extensively glazed with floor-to-ceiling windows. Wood- strip ceilings, polished concrete floors and exposed concrete col- umns are used for ground floor spaces. The ceiling elements ap- pear “at all study rooms and so- cial lounges on the upper floors of the building. Bright green accent walls punctuate the circulation spaces oriented to the central courtyard, reinforcing the con- nection between the landscape and the interior.”
He says the residence’s “bed- rooms are shared doubles, with singles and accessible rooms com- prising the other rooms.” Furni- ture includes study room chairs that are robust and recyclable — Tip Ton chairs by Vitra — and in an adaptable multipurpose space, Herman Miller Everywhere tables and Very Wire Stacker chairs by Haworth, according to Yarinsky.
compelling ideas are driving the interior designs of student residences on campuses today.
by Scott Berman
A VARIETY of innovative design ideas are at work for campus resi- dence halls. Among those ideas: a tension or balance between living and learning, between disciplin- ary and interdisciplinary, exterior and interior and individual and community. Other key ideas in- clude openness or transparency, in terms of views outward and in- ward, and in terms of large, sweep- ing interior spaces. Such openness, through glass curtain walls, orients occupants while enabling great use of natural light, which aids sustain- ability. There is also an overall striv- ing for sustainability — no surprise there — and an authenticity of ma- terials, as in exposed elements of steel or concrete and austere yet el- egant finishes that invoke a certain workshop chic.

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