Reinforcing a key corner, this building creates a new identity for underclass housing on Ringling College of Art and Design’s campus. The residence hall is sited and shaped to ensure the preservation of mature oak trees and frames the greenspace. This truly incorporates the landscape into the living and learning experience, providing space for students to grow their communities outside of their units while connecting with the campus. Glazed expanses on the ground floor highlight the project room—a dedicated room that caters to the unique needs of an art school student. The location of this space adds a layer of safety and convenience, while the visibility supports the creativity of the community and aids in recruitment. Interiors are inspired by the mission of the institution and the natural environment it inhabits. Elements from the local trees, the ocean, and the bayou — these organic and branching patterns meld with a contemporary industrial style. Collaboration with staff and alumni helped inspire murals in public spaces, further establishing the connections among the campus, students, and the building.