Tenaya Towers are part of a larger masterplan emphasizing robust environmental sustainability and academic and social life through strategic placement of circulation and program disposition within discrete neighborhoods. Tenaya's paired towers frame an active central green, extending its social life vertically with light-filled exterior stairs, circulation, and stacked commons spaces.
The screened terrace wall produces remarkable effects given its restrained simplicity of pattern and detail. The elegance is not something typically achieved in student housing, but here is a reminder that great design is possible across project types and budgets. The plan is very inventive, providing living arrangements that engender community and inclusion without sacrificing the possibility of introverted space.