Image & Character
Building Types Group 2

Dormitories are integral to the quality of life for AIRMEN at Tyndall AFB. They provide areas for rest and recreation as well as a sense of community. Gathering areas and pedestrian movement among buildings are facilitated through the design of the built environment and its relationship to the site and other exterior features.


1. Massing & Articulation

Simple forms appropriate to the repetitive nature of this use are appropriate. Massing is articulated in response to the building program and be able to accommodate generous daylighting of the interior where appropriate. Entrances have a welcoming and clear point of entry. Entries and ground floor areas used for gathering are by their form. A higher degree of articulation is focused at the primary entrance and other gathering areas with appropriate massing and façade detailing to create visual interest along the length of the building, with an overall pedestrian-scaled appearance.


2. Roof Style

Sloped standing-seam metal roofing is preferred for most of the roof area. Use overhangs to protect window openings as much as practical. Create covered gathering areas at the main entrance. Use multiple roof areas in response to program but avoid conflicting or overly complex roof forms and a cluttered appearance. Curved roofs may be used to highlight architectural features, such as the entrance.


3. Primary Entrances

Provide a covered entrance to accommodate groups of 15 to 20 people, including sitting areas. Provide large glazed areas to designate the entrance and a moderate level of finishes on the exterior. Open-sided (versus recessed) covered entrances are preferred.


4. Shading Devices

Use aluminum louver and/or shading devices at windows. Shading devices integral with the building façade also are encouraged. Provide shading devices and canopies at covered entrances for strong architectural presence.


5. Secondary Entrances

Provide a covered entrance to accommodate groups of three to four to 4 people, using building mass differentiation and glazing to identify the entrance. Provide coverage to protect openings for utility entrances.


6. Fenestration

Use vertically proportioned punched window openings with aluminum windows. Storefront and/or curtain wall can be used to designate entrances, gathering areas, or vertical circulation. Use of linear or other shapes as design elements is permissible in moderation.

Elevations: Dormitory


1. Use of vertically proportioned punched window openings, storefront and/or curtain wall to create rhythm, scale, and shadowing

2. Variation of building mass

3. Roofs to shed water quickly, add interest and articulation of building form, unify building composition, and create overhang shading

4. Articulation of the façade will use color and materials to create visual interest and reduce the scale of long building masses

5. Well-defined entrance, pedestrian-scaled

6. Primary entry components and entrances are highlighted to designate their function and location 

7. Common vertical and horizontal elements to create a strong architectural composition

8. Integrated shading devices and canopies for strong architectural character and presence

9. Pedestrian-oriented spaces to encourage walkability