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Bastyr University

Bastyr University

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    Lara Swimmer

    Bastyr University's student village is located at the edge of an existing conifer forest, and great care was taken to preserve the trees. Four large Douglas firs occupy the center of the village with cottages sited around them.

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    Lara Swimmer

    By constructing a series of cottages, project planners gently tied the residences into the landscape.

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    Lara Swimmer

    Private bedrooms feature radiant-heat floors, built-in cabinetry, and individual programmable thermostats. All lighting fixtures are connected to occupancy sensors.

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    Lara Swimmer

    The ceiliing of the shared great room is made of exposed glulam beams with tongue-and-groove decking. The common kitchen contains Energy Star-certified appliances and custom cabinets constructed with FSC-certified fir veneer over non-urea-formaldehyde substrate.

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    Tempered glass doors let in light but provide a quiet place to work in the study room.

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    Building Section Diagram - Stair

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  • Site Diagram

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  • Bastyr Site Rendering

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With a fresh approach to student housing, Bastyr University groups students together in a cluster of 11 LEED-Platinum cottages to form a village based on collaboration, resource sharing, and a dedication to healthy living. The design team not only reworked the traditional concept of student housing, but did it affordably by eliminating the corridors, multiple stairwells, and elevators found in typical dormitories. Concrete floors with radiant floor heating were speced, and ample, operable windows negated the need for air conditioning and reduced lighting demands.

The residents, 12 to a cottage, enjoy their own private bedrooms and bathrooms, each with low-flow faucets and showerheads and dual-flush toilets. Other amenities include washing machines with a Water Factor of 3.85, Energy Star–rated appliances and lighting fixtures, individual programmable thermostats, and built-in study nooks.

The unconventional, sustainable touches continue outside. The university’s garden coordinator collaborated with the design team to transform the landscape plan into a permaculture teaching garden containing plants with medicinal, nutritional, and soil-healing properties, prompting the school to establish a new course of study in Holistic Landscape Design.

 

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