As the second phase of the award-winning West Village, UC Davis’s Solstice community includes three-story walkups of two-, three-, and four-bedroom configurations. The community’s buildings are grouped around courtyards and park spaces; they align to form an active urban street edge. Solstice comprises 504 beds of student rental housing, along with recreation areas, a pool, and a commons building—which, acting as a hub to the central flow of student life, provides a gym, a lounge, study areas, and meeting spaces.
Following the ethos of West Village’s first phase, Solstice is designed to be net-zero energy, and to achieve the highest levels of sustainability. Roofs, sloping south, are wrapped with photovoltaic panels; shading techniques are tuned to their location. The community’s site blurs private and public spaces at key arenas, providing opportunities for the social connections and chance meetings that are vital to student life. Upper level decks connect to ground-level gathering spaces along the central circulation; seating at stair landings and combined porches invites conversation; bicycles are celebrated.