Olympia Place

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For this privately-developed student housing project in Amherst, Massachusetts, Holst referenced traditional New England academic architecture. Situated in a beautiful woodland setting, the mass of the structure sought to be minimized, and was broken into smaller volumes to form a cluster of gables. The student village incorporates two courtyards that are formed by the building’s bays, providing gathering spaces and access to the outdoors for students.

Holst was the Design Architect for this project in conjunction with DiMella Shaffer as the Architect-of-Record.

Woodland setting

The student village both respects and reflects its natural surroundings.

Olympia Place

Internal courtyards

The structure's geometries create informal areas for gathering.


Archipelago Investments


Amherst, MA




100,000 sq. ft.
73 units


Designed to meet LEED for Homes Mid-Rise Gold certification


2018 AIA Northwest + Pacific Region Honor Award

2018 Residential Architect Design Award

2017 AIA Portland Citation Award

2016 Design-Build Institute of America, New England Region, Gold Award