The 12-acre student housing complex, which opened on the University’s Coral Gables campus last year, is the winner of the Chicago Athenaeum’s International Architecture Award: Museum of Architecture and Design and the Center European architecture, art, design and urban studies.
It hosted students during one of the most difficult times in the history of the University of Miami. But even the specter of COVID-19, which has forced the institution to change almost every aspect of its operation, could not eclipse Lakeside Village’s early days.
Now, a year after opening the 12-acre student housing complex in the heart of the Coral Gables campus, it received one of the world’s most prestigious building design awards which, according to an administrator at the ‘university, is “a clear indication of our hemispheric and global appeal. . ”
Lakeside Village is one of the winners of the coveted International Architecture Awards. Presented by the Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design and the European Center for Architecture, Art, Design and Urban Studies, the award honors cutting-edge new architectural designs from around the world.
An international jury made up of leading architects, designers, critics and educators selected the winners from over 450 nominations.
The awards reception and gala dinner will take place on Friday, September 10, next to the Acropolis in Athens, Greece. And the winning projects will be on display at the special exhibition “The City and the World” at the Contemporary Space in Athens until October 11.
Designed by award-winning international architecture firm Arquitectonica and built by Fort Lauderdale-based construction firm Moss and Associates, Lakeside Village includes 25 interconnected buildings, or “pods,” and a host of outdoor spaces, including a courtyard, study areas, a recreation center with a climbing wall and outdoor terraces.
In addition to the five floors of student accommodation for 1,115 sophomores, juniors and seniors, the main structure’s first floor and mezzanine serve as retail, event and office space. The development also includes an exhibition space, a 200-seat multipurpose auditorium, a classroom and a multipurpose pavilion.
This is the first phase of the University’s housing facilities strategic plan aimed at improving the campus living space for students.
The 25 interconnected buildings feature 60,000 square feet of sloping green roofs with a layer of grass, reducing the development’s carbon footprint. Green roofs help reduce solar heat gain and also collect rainwater used for landscaping. The project is on track to obtain LEED Gold certification.
“It wasn’t meant to be flashy,” Jessica Brumley, vice president of the university’s operations and facilities planning division, said of green roofs. “The designers have been successful in integrating sustainability into the building, and that’s something that’s obviously important to us as an institution.
Lakeside Village, explained Brumley, is meeting student demands for a mixed-use development that offers everything they need in one location, saving them from leaving campus.
“There are several developments under construction off campus. So, there is a certain expectation among students that they will receive certain amenities. Because if they don’t get them on campus, they would look elsewhere, ”explained Brumley. “And so, this is a consistent theme in the phased development of our residential housing, not only looking at the living quarters, but also the impact of overall development on the campus community. ”
She praised the award, calling it “a clear indication of our hemispheric and global appeal that President Julio Frenk often talks about”.
Pat Whitely, Senior Vice President of Student Affairs, noted that Lakeside Village “offers our students everything they could want in any upper class housing area. It really turned the other side of the lake on. Osceola, and our students have embraced the design, offerings, and meticulous planning that went into it. ”
This distinction follows the development that received the 2021 Award of Excellence for Sustainability from the Florida / Caribbean chapter of the American Institute of Architects. Lakeside Village is also a winner of the Architizer A + Awards (2021) for Popular Choice in the Urban and Masterplan category and was recognized by the Florida Educational Facilities Planners’ Association with an Architectural Showcase Award in 2020.
“We were delighted to design it,” said Bernardo Fort-Brescia, one of the main founders of Arquitectonica, of Lakeside Village. “This is a project that is completely in line with the current trend in architecture: to design multi-purpose buildings.
The designers at Arquitectonica worked with the university’s Operations and Facilities Planning, Housing and Residential Life, and Student Affairs divisions to ensure that Lakeside Village was designed with all components. necessary for a robust student life.
“It was all brainstormed,” Fort-Brescia said. “And the University has been an integral part of the process and a key player in the discussions about how this residential complex would, indeed, be a village, a place where people live, study and socialize.”
Fort-Brescia said his company approached the project with a view to maximizing the Lake Osceola frontage. “We have incorporated a strong sense of connectivity into the existing campus by creating view paths and corridors and strategically placing them on the ground floor, and by introducing spaces that enhance student life and well-being” , did he declare. The general shape of the building frames an interior courtyard surrounded by classrooms, an arrival hall, a multipurpose room and auditorium, commercial spaces, a centralized mail center for all student accommodation and a pop-up space, a he pointed out.
The rest of the building frames an outdoor recreation area and lawn that faces the central campus lake. “By creating this floor space, not only does the building promote well-being, outdoor gatherings and recreation, but the shape allows many other dorms to have a view of the lake,” Fort- pointed out. Brescia. “By dividing the whole building into smaller components connected by bridges, it creates a village rather than a single structure. And these bridges inside create spaces for gathering and study.
He noted that well-being is an essential part of Lakeside Village, especially represented by the hurricane stairs. “They take on a very sculptural and flowing form that represents the movement of students in the building and the promotion of the use of stairs to improve well-being,” he said.
“No architect designs in a vacuum; and in this case, the contribution of the University has been extremely important, ”said Fort-Brescia. “Together, we have developed what we call in our company ‘a list of uses’, covering everything from different types of residential apartments to assembly and study areas.”
Other notable projects on the Coral Gables campus designed by Arquitectonica include the Shalala Student Center, the Fate Bridge spanning Lake Osceola, and the School of Architecture’s Thomas P. Murphy Design Studio Building, winner of the 2018 Building of the Year by World- Architects.