Located at the main entrance to campus, Butler University’s newest student residence hall, Fairview House, is positioned along Sunset Avenue, straddling the border between campus and the surrounding neighborhood. To incorporate the building into the broader community, the design team worked extensively with neighborhood residents and community groups to build consensus and gain support for the proposed project.
4,000 SF multi-purpose space
Developed by American Campus Communities, the 210,000-square-foot, 633-bed residence hall is organized into a series of smaller, six to eight student pod-style communities. Several new unit plans were created for the project, including a two-story, three-bedroom apartment with an open concept living room and kitchen. The residence hall fosters community-building by offering a variety of spaces that promote interaction. With its social and study lounges, shared laundry facilities, and a fitness studio, the building’s design encourages students to move throughout the building, allowing for encounters with other residents. Two faculty-in-residence units offer students deep mentorship networks and provide possibilities for continued learning beyond classroom walls.
The resulting design provides a modern response to the University’s traditional, collegiate, and gothic context while respecting its surroundings with thoughtful architectural gestures toward neighboring buildings.