AB Design Studio

Typologies

CHANDLER CROSSING Student Housing

CHANDLER CROSSING Student Housing
Design Challenge

How did the architects transform a dated strip mall into an efficiently programmed and expressive student housing complex?

Design Solution

AB design studio envisioned a new student housing complex for a Michigan university as a response to an irregularly angled footprint. A hyper-efficient interior layout based on micro-unit modules was creatively adapted for the original structure’s angled foundation to ensure a perfect fit.

The architects developed an expressive exterior presentation featuring a signature sculptural design along the building’s 200-foot-long façade. Below the gestural roof, asymmetric horizontal elements integrated into the balconies are interrupted with vertical tube forms. The tubes mark moments in the building for entrance, egress, and circulation. Recessed lower-level units are enclosed with heavy side walls to ground the building, giving the upper levels a floating appearance.

Project Data

LOT SIZE
12 Acres
PROJECT SIZE
250,000 SF
LOCATION
Bath Township, MI
CONSTRUCTION COST
$16 Million
PRINCIPAL
Clay Aurell, AIA
PROJECT MANAGER
Eric Behr
DESIGN TEAM
Josh Blumer. AIA | Jenda Michl | Alex Parker | Aramis Arciga | Danny Loza
GENERAL CONTRACTOR
Wolverine Building Group