Temple Dining Hall & Booth Student Center

This project includes a new Student Center and Dining Hall for St. Stephen’s Episcopal School. The Student Center includes rooms for study, recreation as well as offices for college counseling and International Studies. It is an active building, conceived to reinforce student interaction. Broad exterior roof overhangs protect the interior rooms from the harsh Texas sun. Exterior spaces defined by these roofs complement the rooms inside, making a series of connecting outdoor rooms. 

Across a small courtyard, intimately scaled arrival and servery spaces define the Dining Hall and open dramatically to a large dining room with panoramic views to the Texas Hill Country. 

Both of these buildings are made of an exposed steel frame with walls of hand rubbed exterior plaster and rough Texas limestone. The simple palette both inside and outside defines a spartan aesthetic that speaks to the character of the school.