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Student Center Georgetown University in Washington DC by Ikon.5 architects

 
January 13th, 2016 by Sanjay Gangal

Article source: Ikon.5 architects 

The New South Student Center at Georgetown University is a renovation and addition that transforms an existing mid century residence hall into a vibrant new university living room for undergraduate life. Inspired by the unique ‘Hoya Saxa’ (stones) identity of the Georgetown student body, the center creates an experience of study and casual living spaces carved out of interior and exterior stone edifices. The ‘Saxa’ living wall is a stone clad green wall that provides a natural bio-friendly character to the Great Room that overlooks the Potomac and is one of many design features that assist this project in achieving a LEED Gold certification. Inside the ‘Saxa’ living wall are 12 individual wood clad group study rooms with enhanced video display systems and writable glass partition for students to work on projects together or separately. The Riverside Terrace is an outdoor landscaped area that extends the living space of the Great Room outdoors and overlooks the Potomac.

view of portal from entrance to the Great Lounge, Image Courtesy © Brad Feinknopf

view of portal from entrance to the Great Lounge, Image Courtesy © Brad Feinknopf

  • Architects: Ikon.5 architects
  • Project: Student Center Georgetown University
  • Location: Washington DC, USA
  • Photography: Brad Feinknopf
  • Size: 45,000 SF
  • Software used: AutoCad

Great Lounge with Hearth in the center, Image Courtesy © Brad Feinknopf

Great Lounge with Hearth in the center, Image Courtesy © Brad Feinknopf

Supporting the casual and study spaces of the student center are a pub and smoothie café that offer alternative food venues to the campus dining hall. An art gallery and music and dance studios give the student artists a place to showcase their craft. A 350 seat ballroom and dividable meeting rooms offer multipurpose use for student organizations and groups. The overall character and themes of each of the program spaces evoke the proud heritage of the University in a contemporary and modern architectural language that builds on the ‘Hoya Saxa’ identity of Georgetown and adds to the many interpretations of its Latin root in built form.

Living Wall of the Great Lounge, Image Courtesy © Brad Feinknopf

Living Wall of the Great Lounge, Image Courtesy © Brad Feinknopf

Overall view of the Great Lounge looking west, Image Courtesy © Brad Feinknopf

Overall view of the Great Lounge looking west, Image Courtesy © Brad Feinknopf

new skylight introduces day light into the center of the space, Image Courtesy © Brad Feinknopf

new skylight introduces day light into the center of the space, Image Courtesy © Brad Feinknopf

Great Lounge overlooks the Potomac River and Virginia beyond, Image Courtesy © Brad Feinknopf

Great Lounge overlooks the Potomac River and Virginia beyond, Image Courtesy © Brad Feinknopf

view of Hearth from entrance, Image Courtesy © Brad Feinknopf

view of Hearth from entrance, Image Courtesy © Brad Feinknopf

sitting area with the hearth, Image Courtesy © Brad Feinknopf

sitting area with the hearth, Image Courtesy © Brad Feinknopf

group study rooms carved out of the Saxa Living wall, Image Courtesy © Brad Feinknopf

group study rooms carved out of the Saxa Living wall, Image Courtesy © Brad Feinknopf

Student coffee shop, Image Courtesy © Brad Feinknopf

Student coffee shop, Image Courtesy © Brad Feinknopf

granite faced promenade, Image Courtesy © Brad Feinknopf

granite faced promenade, Image Courtesy © Brad Feinknopf

group study room, Image Courtesy © Brad Feinknopf

group study room, Image Courtesy © Brad Feinknopf

welcome desk, Image Courtesy © Brad Feinknopf

welcome desk, Image Courtesy © Brad Feinknopf

exterior bronze solar screen, Image Courtesy © Brad Feinknopf

exterior bronze solar screen, Image Courtesy © Brad Feinknopf

Exterior terrace overlooking the Potomac River, Image Courtesy © Brad Feinknopf

Exterior terrace overlooking the Potomac River, Image Courtesy © Brad Feinknopf

Image Courtesy © Ikon.5 architects

Image Courtesy © Ikon.5 architects

Image Courtesy © Ikon.5 architects

Image Courtesy © Ikon.5 architects

Image Courtesy © Ikon.5 architects

Image Courtesy © Ikon.5 architects

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