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University of Pittsburgh Outdoor Student Lounge

Pittsburgh, PA

Located in the heart of Pittsburgh’s Oakland neighborhood, the project renovated an unused, dark and dreary outdoor terrace adjacent to an interior gym and lounge at the Lothrop Hall student residence. The goal of the redesign was to create a multi-functional and inviting space for students to relax, socialize, exercise and study.

Three outdoor rooms were created by dividing the long, linear space with raised planters. Plank pavers were used on the two spaces on the ends, while the center space has synthetic turf for early morning yoga and lawn games in the afternoon. A variety of colorful Adirondack furniture, constructed from recycled milk jugs, helps to animate the space. Lighting, integrated within the planters, on the freestanding wall and along the building facade, extend the use of the space well into the night. Leaning rails are integrated into some of the planters to provide additional options for students to socialize. Special in-ground convenience outlets and planters with integrated power allow students to power their many devices.