Sea Gull Square reflects the University’s Georgian architecture yet addresses contemporary program needs for retail and active student life. The design concept is based on traditional campus planning principles including the creation of significant outdoor spaces. The S-shaped building creates two courtyards, with the main courtyard designed as a town square facing the community.
An arcade beneath the clock tower provides entry to the student housing lobby, and connects the commercial square with the grassy quad beyond. The west porch is graced by 12-foot Tuscan columns, and opens onto a spacious patio overlooking the quad. A free-standing pavilion was designed in the open space that echoes the architecture of the main building and provides functional space for special events.
The student housing portion of the project is primarily composed of 4-bedroom apartments with two bathrooms, with some 4-bedroom 4-bathroom, and 2-bedroom 2-bathrrom units. The furnished apartments feature private bedrooms with full-sized beds, living and dining areas, full kitchens and in-unit laundry facilities. These units are supported by large community rooms and smaller lounges. The central elevator core runs through the landmark clock tower with bay windows connecting the elevator lobbies with views of the town square. The floor lounges are adjacent to these elevator lobbies, providing a central hub of activity and fostering the concept of community. The building also offers a number of living-learning environments, including seminar and multipurpose rooms, as well as fitness amenities.