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Yes, Build the Windowless UC Santa Barbara Dorm in My Yard – Curbed

Sure, let the dilettante billionaire have a crack at it.

If you lived here, you’d be home by now, waiting for the bathroom to open up. Photo: UC Santa Barbara
If you lived here, you’d be home by now, waiting for the bathroom to open up. Photo: UC Santa Barbara
 

Being really rich is awesome, and not enough really rich people do nutty things like create an island park or leave their money to dogs or fund college dorms on the condition they get to design them.

Today, many people were horrified to learn of the hobbies of Charles Munger, a man rich in both ambition and in money. The University of California, Santa Barbara, accepted a $200 million gift from him in exchange for allowing him to design Munger Hall, which provides housing for thousands of students, resulting in a dorm design so abhorrent to unwealthy, unvisionary people that an architect on the school’s design review committee quit and the whole internet has lost its lunch.

It took Munger—who is worth more than $2 billion, owing to several decades spent as Warren Buffett’s right-hand man—a year and a half to come up with this configuration, he has said. The secret is that the dorm has compact, windowless rooms. Esteemed architecture man Paul Goldberger described the design as “a grotesque, sick joke — a jail masquerading as a dormitory.” Also, apparently there is one shared toilet per eight bedrooms? Yikes.

Not to be someone who actuallys Paul Goldberger, but prisons, as high-surveillance territories, tend to open onto long corridors and also have windows. Take a look at Sing Sing or other classic American penitentiaries, for instance. Munger instead describes its inspiration as nautical — “ship architecture on land.” He even designed portholes for the rooms, he told The Wall Street Journal back in 2019, except they’re just … lights.

This means that there’s almost no way this meets fire code. That means it’s entirely possible, and exciting, that along the way our hero will re-create that staple of New York City architecture, the “air shaft.

A typical (!) floor plan. Photo: UC Santa Barbara
A typical (!) floor plan. Photo: UC Santa Barbara
 

Read on >>> Source: Curbed Yes, Build the Windowless UC Santa Barbara Dorm in My Yard

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