Architects: Interface Studio Architects
Location: Philadelphia, PA, USA
Client: Templetown Realty (Jonathan Weiss)
Major Funding: Private development
Concept/Lead Architect(s)/Designer(s): Interface Studio Architects
Structural Engineers: Larsen and Landis
Electrical/Mechanical Engineers: n/a
Additional Consultants: MaGrann Associates – LEED
Project area: 80,000 sq. ft.
Project year: 2009 – 2010
Photographs: Interface Studio Architects, Sam Oberter
In recent years, the market for student housing has become increasingly competitive, with design-savvy, environmen¬tally-sensitive students choosing between a variety of on-and off-campus living options. The Modules is a 160-bed, 80,000-square-foot building on a half-acre site near Temple University in Philadelphia. The project responds to an emerging student housing market around the Temple cam¬pus as the school transitions from a commuter school to a residential institution.
The Modules approaches this market with a design-driven, high-performance building offering cutting-edge amenities. The building’s modular construction system helps to keep costs down without compromising design quality. Major fea¬tures include light-filled common spaces, generously-sized operable windows, environmentally sound finishes, off-street parking for cars and bicycles, and a green roof terrace with dramatic views of the Philadelphia skyline.
The project was designed, bid, manufactured and occupied within 12 months.