Trip | St. Edward’s University

Looking from the architectural eye, the St. Edward’s University is nice example of a place where buildings from different time periods come together. I picked out three building from the campus to explain a little bit about the architecture and materials.

First of all, one of my favorite buildings in Austin, the New Residence and Dining Hall designed in 2008 by the actual Pritzker Prize laureate Alejandro Aravena. One special highlight is, that Aravena worked with the different surfaces of brick. On the plane sides, which have no windows, the stone is very rough, on the others ones, the stone is extreme flat and smooth. If you enter the courtyard of the building, you are surprised by red light. The red glass facade reflects light and creates the feeling that the brick block is hollowed out and has a bloody, shining inside.


Second, there is the Main Building, which was completed in 1888, only a few years after the University was founded. It is constructed by white limestone in a Gothic Revival style, which is rather typical for this time.


The last building is the Munday Library, established in 2011 by Sasaki Associate. The building itself is simple and has a great combination of concrete and glass. I really like the landscape being mirrored in the facade. In general, the campus is very green and includes a lot of old trees. Between the buildings are many places to sit outside under the trees in the shade.