North Hall is innovative in both its sustainable and social agendas, marrying the two for art and design students.
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Global Future Design Awards 2021
RISD North Hall
Housing Architecture Built
Providence, RI, U.S.
The project is a new residence hall for the Rhode Island School of Design. It is the first phase in a sequence of RISD Quad enhancement renovations. Once fully completed, the project will reclaim a series of public outdoor spaces and unite the buildings around them. North Hall uses materiality to relate to the various contextual elements on adjacent streets: On the north and south faces the stacked bond brick façade serves as the tectonic glue to the site, using its indentations to produce tectonic depth and weight, while on the eastern and western faces the lightweight cement-fiber façade monumentalizes the surrounding vernacular shingle system, celebrating the aesthetic of thinness.
A hybrid steel structure with cross-laminated timber infill (the first time this system has been used in a housing project in the U.S.) allows for 9’ high raw wood ceilings, without the need for added finishes. Small studio spaces are woven into the building’s break-out areas providing a warm and social environment for the art and design students.
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