A radical renovation of the mid-century Manzanita Hall student residence preserved an architectural icon, maintained the Arizona State University Tempe campus identity, and creatively reimagined interior spaces to create a sense of community for students.
Originally designed by the firm of Cartmell and Rossman in 1967, the 15-story Manzanita Hall was, for a time, the tallest building in Arizona. With its curved façade and unique geometric exterior design, the student residence became an immediate icon on the Arizona State University Tempe campus. However, after more than 40 years of housing over 40,000 students, the residence hall was in poor condition and no longer served the needs of the ASU student body.
The design team sought to enhance the overall sense of community on the site, redesigning landscape and hardscape elements to achieve a more inclusionary character for the building.
2015 AIA Arizona Distinguished Building Honor Award
2015 Student Housing Business Innovator Award, On-Campus: Best Renovation of Existing Dorm
2015 USGBC Arizona Chapter, Heavy Medals Award
2014 SCUP/AIA-CAE Excellence in Architecture for Restoration or Preservation – Honor Award
At the time of its construction, Manzanita Hall was located at the edge of campus, surrounded by concrete walls. Public access was limited to a narrow bridge over a landscaped retention basin. Over time, the campus grew around the building, yet it remained isolated. The design team sought to enhance the overall sense of community on the site, redesigning landscape and hardscape elements to achieve a more inclusionary character for the building. The team undertook an extensive reworking of the spaces around the building. drawing the landscape up to the main level by tilting the ground plane. The design of the building’s entrance included a gridded shade canopy to invite people to Manzanita Hall. Outdoor amenity spaces, including a social deck, lawn, volleyball and basketballs courts are bordered by a stepped social terrace and shade canopies. A new social deck with seating and cafe tables, set amongst refreshed landscaping and hardscape elements, offers an outdoor gathering space for students.
*ASU retained SCB and Studio Ma to work with American Campus Communities to complete a full renovation of Manzanita Hall.