The San Jose State University Student Housing was
designed to house 232 students in shared apartments. An ancillary building houses a social room with
kitchen, laundry, manager's office and mechanical space. Units for handicapped students are provided
at ground level.
The units are
designed for passive solar hearing and natural cooling and utilize
active solar devices for water heating. A gas-fired air system provides
back-up for space heating. The tower that houses the solar panels
extends to the ground so that the architecture expresses its solar
design is sympathetic in scale and treatment to adjacent residential
areas. To achieve both functional and aesthetic goals the buildings are
oriented to the property line while the solar tower is at a 45 degree
angle to achieve the best possible orientation to the sun.
The project was completed in 1984.
Photos courtesy Claude Stoller.