This refreshing project came across the WAN news desk and immediately caused a frisson of interest. Student accommodation as a typology is typically not known for its wow factor, but Portland, Ore based Holst Architects have clearly managed to pull it off with panache with their 72 unit Olympia Place for clients Archipelago Investments.

Working with Boston based DiMella Shaffer as architect of record, Holst’s design delivers a total of 217 beds out of an odd shaped, sloping 45,284-square-foot site.

The last time student accommodation raised eyebrows at WAN was September 2015 when Acton Ostry’s Brock Commons project rose above the parapet becoming the world’s tallest mass timber timber at 18 stories housing 200 students.

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