University of Texas at Austin – Kinsolving Dormitory Student Lounges

Kinsolving Hall’s renovation by Pfluger Architects reimagines student lounges to represent personal growth stages, from sanctuary to limitless potential, with vibrant colors and diverse seating for community building.

  • area / size 8,900 sqft
  • Completed 2023
  • Location Austin, Texas, , United States
  • Initially built in 1958, Kinsolving Hall is a five-story, all-girls dormitory at The University of Texas at Austin. Drawing inspiration from the university’s brand message, “What starts here changes the world,” Pfluger reimagined and renovated the dorm’s nineteen student lounges. Each floor represents a step in the journey toward exploring possibilities and reaching one’s potential, and the design of the lounges on each floor reflect those concepts.

    The first floor is designed to be a sanctuary, a home away from home, where students can nurture self-confidence and ease the transition into college life. This space is vital for building a supportive community that acts as a buffer against stress and loneliness.

    The second floor takes inspiration from the campus and encourages academic growth and an inquisitive nature. The third floor is the building’s communal heart, celebrating the city of Austin’s vibrant culture. The fourth floor encourages collaboration and exploration, with each of the four lounges representing iconic natural Texas destinations like Big Bend National Park or the Hill Country‚Äôs Comal River. At the pinnacle, the fifth floor symbolizes endless possibilities, inspiring students to envision and work toward changing the world.

    Durable fabrics and materials in a vibrant color palette complement the floor covering and custom wall art. Comfortable sectional sofas, overstuffed chairs, poufs and stools create a variety of seating options for individual study, small group lounging, and group gatherings for conversation or game time.

    Design: Pfluger Architects
    Design Team: Christian Owens, Michelle Dudley, Lindsey Milligan, Allison Schneider, Alexandra Pease, Frances Brooks
    Contractor: Balfour Beatty
    Photography: Thomas McConnell