Grand Central

Campus Student Life

Madison, WI

Grand Central Apartments is a 14-story, 155-unit residential building for students, graduate assistants and university staff located in the heart of the University of Wisconsin. Additional amenities such as a communal study lounge, coffee shop, and media lounge create an ideal blend of education and student living. Despite the large size of the building, Grand Central creates a scaled experience by focusing on human interaction, from intimate conversation to community gathering.

The building transitions from twelve stories of glass and masonry to a lighter glass and precast concrete expression. Step-backs and material differentiation create a four-story street presence to pay respect to the surrounding context. Just as the University is an integral part of Madison, Grand Central Apartments welcomes the city to enjoy the provided open spaces. A street level public plaza at the corner of Johnson St. and Mills St. provides a landscaped spot for residents to engage with the city, while a semi-public roof terrace offers intentional conversations. Private balconies and patios provide quieter outdoor spaces for each unit.