Architect/Designer | Miller Architecture
Builder | Wirko
Developer | Sanctuary Companies, Inc
Photographer | Tim Buchman Photography
Arcadia on the River is a student housing village on the Oconee River marketed to fraternities and sororities. Outdoor spaces, or cloisters, accommodate various fraternity and sorority sizes. Each cloister focuses on at least one fire element with picturesque spaces and vistas.
Corten steel fireplaces were custom designed by the architect in the shape of an A as a logo statement for Arcadia. The 1,200-lb, 13-foot tall sculptures can be moved at short notice, cutting the construction schedule. Their hollow shape allowed them to be welded off-site and stacked into each other for compact transport. The steel finish re-rusts over any abrasions from shipping and handling or from rowdy residents. The fireplaces’ small opening has prevented the students from burning the outdoor wood furniture.
Large porches around the cloisters are shaped like the hand signal for “time out,” in a youthful whimsical touch. Their asymmetrical bracketing parallels the lines of the A fireplace.