Indiana University
Walnut Grove Residence Center



Walnut Grove Residence Center


Indiana University


Bloomington, IN




225,000 GSF


Residence Halls

Partner Firm

RATIO Architects (AOR)

Challenged with designing a large residence hall for approximately 700 students on a long and narrow existing parking lot site, the Walnut Grove Residence Center is broken down into four distinct buildings to create more intimate student communities, and to help reduce the buildings’ perceived mass.

The buildings arrange themselves along the site to create comfortable, student-scaled open spaces between the new residence hall and the existing McNutt building. By organizing the public ground floor amenities around a larger central open space adjacent to the new dining expansion at McNutt, the Walnut Grove Residence Center creates a coherent center for the new community on a previously under-appreciated campus edge.

Visibility Along a Campus Edge

Overlooking N. Walnut Grove Street — a key link between the University’s sports stadiums and the several residence halls that make up the campus’s northwest housing community –— prominent communal lounge spaces occupy the corners of the residence hall. During the day these lounges offer stunning views out to IU’s spacious grove, a popular tailgating location on game day. At night, the lounges act as colorful glowing beacons to welcome students home on their way back from class or practice.

Project Consultants

Structural Engineer | Fink Roberts & Petrie, Inc.

Mechanical / Electrical Engineer | Ross & Baruzzini

Civil Engineer | Smith Brehob & Associates, Inc.

Landscape Architect | David Rubin Land Collective

AV/Tele/Data Consultant | Design 27

Photographer | Sam Fentress

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