Umrath House

A Washington University Residence Hall

Saint Louis, Missouri
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Extending a campus sustainable landscape model for a new residential hall


Connection to the Open Space Commons is critical from the new addition

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Residential hall south elevation leading to open space commons

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The main entrance area as envisioned from Shepley Drive


Student life is evident in the pedestrian spine through spaces for dining and working

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Pedestrian Spine providing residential life “activity rooms” | Mackey Mitchell Architects


The residential spine encourages indoor/outdoor living


Large millstones reflect the materiality of the building and provide a flexible use space in the Commons


An interactive sculpture occupies an overlook at the terminus of the pedestrian spine

“We’re excited for (Umrath House) to be completed. I think there’s a lot of opportunities for students to benefit from the space.”

Tim Lempfert | Director of Housing Operations


WUSTL Departments of Facilities, Planning & Management

Mackey Mitchell Architects

Stock and Associates


Project Facts

1 acre

Master planning
Landscape architecture
LEED design services


Project Facts:
Modeled after european streetscape
Rigorous sustainable standards

The Umrath House project is an undergraduate residence hall on the South 40 Campus at Washington University in St. Louis. The project is a continuation of the South 40 Campus master plan vision that advocates replacing the aging isolated residence hall buildings with a more interactive arrangement of building complexes and occupiable open spaces.

The site design for Umrath House is intended as an extension of the residential experience providing formal and informal activity and meeting spaces. The walkways and pedestrian plazas provide comfortable circulation around the building and connections to other facilities within the residential Campus. The central pedestrian spine is an active destination for students. Bike transportation is key to campus circulation. A structure providing covered bike parking is located near the first level entry.

The planting band between the building and walks consists of native and adapted plants selected for seasonal color and interest with a low to medium water demand and value as wildlife habitat. The landscape design contributes to the target of a LEED silver level and intent of sustainable design.

The site landscape addresses the specific challenges and goals of the new Umrath House while also embracing and contributing to the character and intent of the larger campus landscape.

The Details

  • Boulder Retaining Wall Study

  • Current Construction

  • Art Plaza Study

  • Lawn Seating

  • Sculpture Tangles

  • Fringe Tree

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