The Lofts of Washington University is a new off-campus housing complex for Washington University in St. Louis undergraduate students. Located on the Delmar Loop, a vibrant commercial district, the lofts provide an exciting urban living option within walking distance of the campus.
The Lofts plan includes first floor retail and dining facing Delmar. The pedestrian experience is prioritized with generous sidewalks, street trees and outdoor dining areas at the site’s perimeter and an elegantly designed pedestrian Mews linking the complex.
The Lofts are built over a new underground parking level – thus the majority of the site’s landscape is built over structure.
The landscape strategy seeks to create as many opportunities for outdoor residential gathering while also collecting and managing the site’s stormwater. Courtyards and roof terraces look down over the Delmar Loop and punctuate the five structures. Ground level apartments open to enclosed courtyards for outdoor study and gathering.
The landscape’s signature moment is to trace the movement of stormwater along a paved channel from Delmar, along the length of the Mews and into to a rain-garden at it’s northern end. This along with other rain gardens and bioswales collect the site’s stormwater along the project’s north perimeter.