Florida Memorial University
Location: Miami Gardens, Florida
Estimated Completion Date: 2020
Project Size: 116,000 s.f.
Bed Count: 400 Beds
The Highest Quality of Living
The proposed living learning community at Florida Memorial University draws inspiration from the roots of FMU’s history of self reliance in which students constructed many of the buildings themselves. Conceptually, the design is a series of solid blocks that together form a united whole. It is a representation of a coming together when students undergo an educational journey - each person fully necessary for achieving a greater goal.
Each level of each of the dormitories is broken up into four small communities of 12 students with an additional room for an RA per wing. The large volume is broken down into many simple masses. Doing so breaks up the facade while allowing the void space to become the public areas - filling the interior with light. The H-shaped layout allows for a courtyard with a sheltered entry; embracing students before they’re even indoors. Filling in the public space between buildings is a multi-purpose event pavilion -which is a community building and a small cafe. It anchors the plaza and draws in students from both dormitories and the rest of campus.