SDSU Zura Residence Hall, Location: San Diego, CA, Architect: HMC Architects

Dodging surfboards and skateboards, I swiftly maneuvered my way into the brand new Zura Hall at San Diego State University (SDSU). Standing before me — a student housing paradise.

SDSU Zura Residence Hall, Location: San Diego, CA, Architect: HMC Architects

The 1968 classic Zura Hall underwent a top-to-bottom renovation by the geniuses at HMC Architects and Malum Architects. Think — productive surfer dude. Included with study areas, lounge rooms, and if you weren’t paying attention on the guided tour, there’s foosball and ping pong in the rec rooms.

SDSU Zura Residence Hall, Location: San Diego, CA, Architect: HMC Architects

We set foot to capture the hustle and bustle of dorm life with help from HMC’s Creative Director Christopher Grant and a couple of handy Resident Advisors. We corralled 1-20 students on every floor to capture the open community layout and the serious resort-like vibes.

SDSU Zura Residence Hall, Location: San Diego, CA, Architect: HMC Architects

We loved seeing the surf theme carry over throughout the buildings.  The designers worked with a local San Diego board shaper to create custom sustainable surfboards — fire chief approved! We also caught eye to these superb perforated terracotta lamps that tied back to the all-natural SoCal stylizing.

‘School on the west coast couldn’t get better,’ I thought as I photographed a group of friends on the sunny rooftop terrace. Never thought college was this cool! I kept comparing the environment (with all the awesome amenities) to the corporate cultures I’ve photographed in the past at GoDaddy or Nieman Marcus. Looks like SDSU is setting them up for the best!

SDSU Zura Residence Hall, Location: San Diego, CA, Architect: HMC Architects

My team had a blast getting immersed into the West Coast student life. Now I wonder what it will look like when my kid is all grown up!

SDSU Zura Residence Hall, Location: San Diego, CA, Architect: HMC Architects

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