At no. 3 on Turin’s Corso Palestro, a 19th-century building in the city’s historic center, between Piazza Castello and Porta Susa, has been restored and converted into a university residence. Formerly used as offices, the building offers some 2,500 sq. m of floorspace on an L-shaped plan around an internal courtyard, offering seven stories including basement and attic. The new space features 19 apartments for 82 students, plus a number of common areas. The idea underpinning DAP Studio’s design was to create a dialogue between the building’s heritage structure and the new-build work, combining original exposed brick walls, with light, reversible elements constructed using dry technology.