The new home for the Jesuit Community at Gonzaga University, prominently sited near Gonzaga’s iconic St. Aloysius Church, reflects the importance of the Society of Jesus in the founding and ongoing mission of this major university in eastern Washington. The new Residence, organized around an outdoor central courtyard, is designed to reinforce the bonds of community within the Society; allow residents to enhance the academic and spiritual life of the University; and create flexible, hospitable spaces for the residents and their many guests.
The project reflects the priorities of the Community, balancing the importance of communal life with the equally important need for private space for study, reflection and rest. Individual dwelling units – each with a living/sleeping/study area along with a bath and closet – are organized to encourage social interaction and proximity to the common living and dining areas for the residence. The Community’s Chapel, located at the front of the residence, signals the importance of worship and service for the residents of this religious house.
Wood and brick are featured throughout the project, reflecting the architecture of Gonzaga and the importance of forests in the Northwest. Registered as a LEED Gold project, the Jesuit Residence physically embodies Gonzaga and the Jesuit’s commitment to sustainability and environmental stewardship.