THE SOLSTICE Architect: Richard Shugar AIA, LEED AP Project Manager: Gabriel Greiner AIA, LEED AP General Contractor: Essex General Contractors Completed 2011 Eugene, Oregon 18,365 sf New Construction The site of the Solstice at 19th and Harris nearby the University of Oregon had several old houses that were moved to allow the project to begin. Surrounding the site are other, several uninspiring housing projects dating from the 1960’s. The aim of the project was to create a place where seamless connections and interactions occur between the residents. To achieve this, the entries of every unit open onto an ‘inner pedestrian street’. The project is comprised of two parallel buildings oriented to create a south-facing courtyard. This shared outdoor space allows light and air to flow through the site. The “pleated” bay windows provide openings on two sides. This contributes to effective cross-ventilation and provides views through the courtyard north to the city street and south to the butte. This shared outdoor space serves to facilitate a sense of community, as well as allows light and air to flow through the site. Additionally, a series of vegetated swales not only provide landscaping, but also mediate storm-water collected onsite.