LOHA’s plan for seven student housing structures as part of the San Joaquin Housing complex at the northern limit of the University of California, Santa Barbara, represents an application of the firm’s interest in urban environments within a university context.

UCSB San Joaquin Student Housing by Lorcan O'Herlihy Architects

Architect: Lorcan O'Herlihy Architects
Client: University of California, Santa Barbara
Location: Santa Barbara, CA, United States
Completion: 2017
Size: 95,000 ft2
Team: Lorcan O'Herlihy (Principal), Donnie Schmidt (PD), Damian Possidente (PM), Tang Chuenchomphu, Noelle White, Jessica Colangelo
Photography: Bruce Damonte

UCSB San Joaquin Student Housing by Lorcan O'Herlihy Architects

From the architect: Respecting the adjacent community’s scale and character, LOHA’s design comprises housing clusters characterized by a solid outward-facing edge and an activated campus-oriented edge. This project will join additional housing volumes and student facilities to make up UCSB’s 15-acre North Campus.

UCSB San Joaquin Student Housing by Lorcan O'Herlihy Architects

Stimulated by an undulating circulation system that weaves between the social hubs incorporated within its buildings, the new housing seeks to foster and advance the robust social and intellectual life of UCSB.

UCSB San Joaquin Student Housing by Lorcan O'Herlihy Architects

UCSB dormitories have typically pushed circulation to their exterior envelope, with an inert central courtyard accessible only from within the building. LOHA’s design inverts this circulation scheme, designing a subdued exterior edge with an open, lively interior courtyard containing all building circulation, encouraging movement throughout the complex.

UCSB San Joaquin Student Housing by Lorcan O'Herlihy Architects

Social hubs (reading rooms, gathering spaces, dining) are dispersed and floated above others. This distribution of spaces creates varied student experiences to generate a healthy campus culture.

UCSB San Joaquin Student Housing by Lorcan O'Herlihy Architects

Certified LEED Platinum, the UCSB San Joaquin project also advances the student housing model by integrating several sustainable strategies like natural ventilation, solar shading, bioswales, solar water heating, increased insulation, siting, and energy-efficient systems. The project is 20% over California's Title 24 requirements. 

UCSB San Joaquin Student Housing by Lorcan O'Herlihy Architects

UCSB San Joaquin Student Housing by Lorcan O'Herlihy Architects

UCSB San Joaquin Student Housing by Lorcan O'Herlihy Architects

UCSB San Joaquin Student Housing by Lorcan O'Herlihy Architects

UCSB San Joaquin Student Housing by Lorcan O'Herlihy Architects

UCSB San Joaquin Student Housing by Lorcan O'Herlihy Architects

UCSB San Joaquin Student Housing by Lorcan O'Herlihy Architects

UCSB San Joaquin Student Housing by Lorcan O'Herlihy Architects

UCSB San Joaquin Student Housing by Lorcan O'Herlihy Architects

UCSB San Joaquin Student Housing by Lorcan O'Herlihy Architects

UCSB San Joaquin Student Housing by Lorcan O'Herlihy Architects

UCSB San Joaquin Student Housing by Lorcan O'Herlihy Architects

UCSB San Joaquin Student Housing by Lorcan O'Herlihy Architects

UCSB San Joaquin Student Housing by Lorcan O'Herlihy Architects

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UCSB San Joaquin Student Housing by Lorcan O'Herlihy Architects

LOHA’s plan for seven student housing structures as part of the San Joaquin Housing complex at the northern limit of the University of California

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