With equal impotance given to affordability, quality and sustainability, the Columbus Gateway Project proposes an innovative framework to deliver exemplary student housing units for the University District of Columbus.

Rethinking The Future Awards 2022
First Award | Housing (upto 5 floors) (Concept)

Project Name: Columbus Gateway Student Housing
Studio Name: L’Abri + OMLA
Design Team: Nicolas Lapierre, Jon Hein, Alexandra Pawlyszyn, Keyan Ye, Pia Hocheneder, Jade Lachapelle
Area: 180,000pi2
Year: 2021
Location: Columbus, Ohio
Render Credits: L’Abri

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The project aims to lead by example in showcasing how we can build efficient, durable and beautiful buildings that are both respectful of their environment and socially responsible. We believe in a future where sustainability, quality and harmony in the built environment are accessible to all and for which the Columbus Gateway project can be a blueprint.

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Constructive Pragmatism and Sustainable Community

The project seeks to reconcile budgetary constraints with high-performance and best sustainable  practices by basing the project on a rigourously rational and pragmatic approach to construction techniques and plan layouts.

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By simplifying the buidlings core and drafting the whole plan system on strict building modules, we allow ressources to be utilized where they have the highest impact on the quality of life of the future residents. Our small modular grid allows for wood construction, while creating exceptional communal spaces for the residents on the roofs and within the central courtyard.