Richard W. Lyman Graduate Residences
The buildings of this 224-bed student housing project shape the landscape. They create a sequence of outdoor rooms that celebrate the site's climate, changing light, and native oak trees.
Palo Alto, CA
108,000 sq. ft.
At one edge of the complex, the southern building wraps around a 60-foot-high oak tree to create a quiet, contemplative space. The central Commons Building incorporates another large oak tree as a natural "dome" above a circular wooden deck. Community rooms surround the deck and open onto it. The subtle curve of the northern building cradles a large, open green space. Three-story chain-link scrims line the western and southern facades, providing sun protection and modulating building scale.