University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN
The design of two new residence halls integrates residential, social, study, and spiritual spaces
Following our update to Notre Dame’s Undergraduate Residence Hall Master Plan, Goody Clancy designed two new undergraduate residence halls—one for women and one for men—totaling 140,000 GSF. The work reinforces the consistent character of the campus and Notre Dame’s role as the world’s premier Catholic university.
A primary goal of the design effort was to create spaces that encourage a strong academic and spiritual community. As such, the shared social spaces are organized along the residents’ natural path of circulation—to encourage them to engage with one another casually and to engage with the social and intellectual life of the building.
Each hall accommodates 225 beds, with the goal of housing approximately 70 freshmen, 70 sophomores, 45 juniors, and 40 seniors in a variety of unit types. Notre Dame’s residential life program assigns students to a hall for the duration of their undergraduate career, and the variety of unit types provides a varying degree of privacy for students as they mature and progress. To attract seniors to remain on campus, a few special unit types were incorporated. Each building also incorporates a chapel and faculty-in-residence apartments.