West Campus Housing - Phase I

Owner: University of Washington
Scope: 1,655 beds in 635,288 SF
Awards: 2012 AIA Seattle Honor Award

Connectivity and pedestrian desire lines influenced the form and place making of four city blocks of student housing on the University of Washington’s emerging West Campus. Together they define a new mixed-use campus precinct reinforced by significant off-site improvements and public open spaces.

The mixed use scope of the planned project created a unique opportunity to reshape the precinct. Rather than shying away from the urban setting, the University embraced it. Seattle’s street grid gives West Campus an urban character, in contrast to the meandering pedestrian ways of the campus. By overlaying pedestrian desire lines on the grid this plan combines the urban scale of a mixed-use district with the collegial character of the campus.

Mahlum also designed the first four projects created under the plan: Elm Hall, Poplar Hall, Alder Hall and Cedar Apartments.