Washington University in St. Louis
The Lofts



The Lofts


Washington University in St. Louis


St. Louis, MO




280,000 GSF


LEED Platinum Certified


Residence Halls

Partner Firm

Tao + Lee Associates

The Lofts is a 415-bed mixed-use development fronting on Delmar Boulevard - a vibrant urban corridor designated as one of the ‘10 Great Streets’ by the American Planning Association. A unique type of residence hall, the Lofts project is designed to immerse students in the urban streetscape with a series of new storefront shops, a second floor green roof terrace, and a south-facing glass façade with perforated aluminum sunshades. A pedestrian mews, activated by student residences with stoops, connects Delmar with a residential neighborhood to the north.

The Lofts helps to educate students and the greater public about sustainable practices, while furthering the goals of the university and providing an example of design excellence and sustainable leadership.

James Kolker, Associate Vice Chancellor & University Architect

Upper students have embraced this project because it combines both proximity to campus with a sense of in-dependence. Housing 430 students, a mix of apartment styles, including duplex apartments accessed directly off a pedestrian mews, give students desired choice. New ground floor retail, including a diner and grocery store, extend the commercial corridor.

The project visibly expresses its commitment to sustainable living and is LEED Platinum Certified. Key elements include bioswales, rain gardens, photovoltaic and solar thermal systems, sustainable building materials and high-efficiency glazing. A south-facing solar shading system is a key architectural focal point of the project.

Awards + Recognition

2017 National AIA Specialized Housing Award

2016 National AIA-CAE/SCUP Excellence in Architecture Awards Honorable Mention

2016 BSA Higher Education Education Facilities Design Citation

2016 Congress for New Urbanism Charter Award

2016 Urban Land Institute Global Award for Excellence Finalist

2015 AIA St. Louis Distinguished Architecture Award

2015 St. Louis At Home Magazine Architect & Designer 1st Place Award for New Construction

Project Consultants

Structural Engineer | LeMessurier Consultants, Inc. + KPFF Consulting Engineers

Mechanical / Electrical Engineer | Ross + Baruzzini

Civil Engineer | Cole

Landscape Architect | Stephen Stimson Associates + Arbolope Studio

Lighting Consultant | Horton Lees Brogden Design Group

Acoustical Engineer | Acentech

Interior Design | Lab [3.2] Architecture

Photographer | Sam Fentress + Tom Paule

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