Adohi Hall

university of arkansas

Adohi Hall is a brand new 202,027-square-foot, 708-bed sustainable residence hall and living-learning community at the University of Arkansas, and is the nation's first large-scale mass timber project of its kind.

Occupying a linear, sloping, 4-acre site at the base of Fayetteville’s McIlroy Hill on the southern end of campus, the project provides a new university gateway that marks the start of a larger living-learning district. Bound on the north by 1960s residence halls, on the east by Stadium Drive, and on the west and south by a large arena and related athletic facilities, the hall is nestled within a generous protective buffer of trees and plantings.

An emphasis on nature resonates throughout the project. Connected by a ground-level passage, a serpentine band of student rooms define three distinctive courtyard spaces that create a dynamic environment for student collaboration and interactive learning in architecture, design, and the arts. The “front porch” in the northernmost building is the key entry point for the complex; the “cabin” at the ground-level, central passage’s midpoint is the main gathering space, comprising a community kitchen, lounges, a quiet hearth, and a rooftop terrace; and the “workshops” of the lower courtyard house a dynamic live/learn program of performance spaces, music and recording studios, and maker spaces that enhance the campuswide arts program.

Four-story residential floors are arranged above the communal spaces. The main stair and elevator for each open onto a series of double-height lounges and kitchen spaces, joining upper and lower floors and inviting community interaction. Each floor contains semi-suites for two students with private baths, and pods of six to eight double rooms with a shared bath and common room. Large study rooms with generous windows at the end of each wing create a series of “lanterns” along Stadium Drive.

The warmth of the project’s exposed structural wood ceilings is apparent in student rooms, study rooms, floor lounges, and ground floor common spaces, and wood columns bring the beauty of the material within reach for all. The “cabin” also includes a wood ceiling and trusses that span the full width of its lounge spaces. Exteriors feature a light metal jacket of zinc-toned panels with accents of textured copper-tone and white that creates a floating band of living space above the natural landscape below.

Integrated into the topography of its site, the new housing complex features a cascading series of outdoor spaces that provide students and visitors with a variety of opportunities to engage and gather. Sinuous pathways are intricately woven through existing stands of mature oak trees, providing much needed shade for the new residents to enjoy warmer months outdoors. Undulating landforms, local sandstone seating areas, and drifts of native planting recall the geological and ecological vernacular of the Ozark Plateau while simultaneously creating comfortable places for people. Stormwater infiltration is carefully integrated into the grading strategy, which captures runoff from both paved areas and buildings.

"The completion of Adohi Hall signals the University of Arkansas’ commitment to an innovative, sustainably designed campus for its next generation of students and facilities,” says Peter MacKeith, Dean and Professor of Architecture, Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design. “The recognition of the creative abilities of Adohi’s students is matched by the employment of innovative mass timber design and construction techniques and the sensitive treatment of the immediate landscape. Adohi advances each individual student’s identity and opportunities as it also addresses U of A sustainability goals and design ambitions.”

The design collaborative of modus studio, Mackey Mitchell Architects, Leers Weinzapfel Associates, and OLIN led the creation of this pioneering project. Nabholz served as the general contractor.

Typology Higher Education | Student Housing
location Fayetteville, Arkansas
completed Fall 2019
PHOTOGRAPHY Timothy Hursley


  • 2019 Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce Natural State Award
  • 2019 AIA St. Louis Design Award [unbuilt category]
  • 2020 Wood Design + Building Honor Award
  • 2020 Woodworks Multi-Family Design Award
  • 2020 DNA Paris Award – Honorable Mention, Housing
  • 2020 The Golden Pin Awards – Shortlisted
  • 2020 The WAN Awards – Wood in Architecture Award
  • 2020 The Plan Award - Finalist, A Bold Demonstration of Sustainability
  • 2020 AIA Gulf States Region Merit Award
  • 2020 AIA St Louis Design Honor Award
  • 2020 AIA Arkansas Honor Award
  • 2020 AN’s Best of Design Award Top Prize, Residential – Mixed Use
  • 2021 AIA National Housing Award