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An innovative campus project comes pretty close to "doing it all," offering student housing, connection to the community, and design features that support green initiatives. This article from World Architecture News explores more about the project.

A new ASU Downtown Phoenix Residence Hall and Entrepreneurial Center, a 16-floor residential tower with academic and interdisciplinary facilities are to be built in partnership with Arizona State University and the renowned architecture and planning firm Studio Ma.

The hub’s unique design expands community living space for up to 530 students and assists visiting professionals to connect organically with the city and regional business community through large windows and an urban paseo.

The new, 284,000 square-foot building also creates a resource platform supporting creative ventures among students, faculty, and alumni with local artists, businesses, and government agencies.

Studio Ma earned the commission through a highly competitive process led by Capstone Development Partners, a national leader in student housing development and management.

Studio Ma was recognized and selected for its “committed leadership, familiarity with the university and market, and ability to push the envelope on design and sustainability while maintaining all budget and performance parameters.”

Rounding out the project team is DPR Construction, another longtime partner of Arizona State University, as the design-build provider.

Drawing on deep experience with diverse institutions, including Cranbrook, Princeton, and Washington University in St. Louis, Studio Ma’s work presents students and faculty with a new way of working in the arts and design.

Scheduled to open in the fall of 2021, the transformative downtown complex will set the stage for the university to cultivate new entrepreneurship research.

Employing an innovative design concept that brings academic space and student housing under one roof, the team envisaged a 16-story innovation hub concept consisting of 13 floors of student housing above three levels of academic space.

The innovation hub will be wrapped in a bioclimatic façade designed to minimize energy use and glare from the desert sun, conceived with simulation software that Studio Ma is beta-testing in partnership with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

The angular façade in ultra-high performance concrete and metal panels and floor-to-ceiling window - materials also used for the residential tower exteriors establishes a striking and memorable icon for the city.

Yet the ASU Downtown Phoenix Residence Hall is more than a multi-purpose facility.

The team also met challenging zoning and infill site conditions with an innovative massing and layout that offers a valuable east-west pedestrian paseo connecting the community to the new complex.

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