Back to School: Divine Dorm Rooms

Despite the fact that I have spent over 15 years in university, I have never lived in a dorm room. I really don’t feel like I have missed out on much. I mean, who wants to live in a small, dark room decked out with ugly, utilitarian furniture that must be shared with a complete stranger?

(Photo: Crushable)

Seriously- I think there are prisons with more hospitable accommodations. Thankfully, some schools realize that quality of life can improve the quality of their students’ work and have designed some pretty impressive residences.

(P-A-T-T-E-R-N-S’ Proposed PUCPR Student Dormitory; Photo: ARCHIscene)

Can you imagine a futuristic skyscraper with 90,000 ft2 reserved for a mere 120 students? This is what LA-based architecture firm P-A-T-T-E-R-N-S has proposed for the Pontificia Catholic University of Puerto Rico in Ponce.

(P-A-T-T-E-R-N-S’ Proposed PUCPR Student Dormitory; Photo: ARCHIscene)

The daring design focuses on open spaces within the center of the structure to encourage interaction amongst students, while a series of outdoor walkways on one side of the building provide impressive views of the city’s historical center.

(P-A-T-T-E-R-N-S’ Proposed PUCPR Student Dormitory; Photo: ARCHIscene)

As much as I like the concept, I can’t imagine a university building such a large residence for so few students. And yet some schools have managed to put similar ideas into practice.

(Tietgen Residence Hall; Photo: Lundgaard & Tranberg Arkitecter)

The award-winning Tietgen Residence Hall in Copenhagen is the brainchild of the Danish firm Lundgaard & Tranberg Arkitecter. They designed the building in the round to focus on the communal aspect that dorm living provides.

(Central Courtyard; Photo: Lundgaard & Tranberg Arkitecter)

As such, communal areas like the spacious kitchen and dining rooms (shared by 13 students) face into the central courtyard, which serves as a meeting area.

(Communal Kitchens/Dining Rooms; Photo: Tietgenkollegiet)

The exterior of the building projects out in varying lengths, stressing the individuality of the 360 residents. And there really is a sense of individuality here- over 90% of the rooms are singles, with private balconies and bathrooms. While the walls are utilitarian concrete, the included furniture is an attractive wood that is super-practical; the wardrobes are movable and create room dividers so that students can arrange their rooms to meet their own needs.

(Dorm Room; Photo: Tietgenkollegiet)

The ground floor is open to the entire community and provides necessary amenities like laundry facilities and quiet study halls.

(Laundry Room; Photo: Inhabitat)

They may be functional but they sure are pretty! I especially love the Pantone-esque washers and dryers.

(Study Hall; Photo: Tietgenkollegiet)

If more college residences adopted innovative design elements that stress practicality and comfort, I might just have to stay in school and give dorm-living a try!

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