North­eastern University’s newest res­i­dence hall, Inter­na­tional Vil­lage, has received two new honors that rec­og­nize top pri­or­i­ties at the university—the fos­tering of a strong rela­tion­ship with the sur­rounding com­mu­nity, and the pro­mo­tion of sustainability.

The Boston Society of Land­scape Archi­tects has given Inter­na­tional Vil­lage a merit award for its use of land­scape archi­tec­ture in an urban set­ting, noting that the design “com­mend­ably cre­ates a new char­acter for the Rug­gles Sta­tion area, effec­tively reha­bil­i­tating the util­i­tarian trans­porta­tion func­tion to pro­vide a wel­coming streetscape and green space.” The award will be pre­sented at a recep­tion on May 6.

Stephen Stimson Asso­ciates worked with uni­ver­sity offi­cials to design the land­scape archi­tec­ture around the building.

Inter­na­tional Vil­lage has also received a LEED Gold cer­ti­fi­ca­tion plaque, which will be promi­nently dis­played within the building. LEED is an inter­na­tion­ally rec­og­nized pro­gram that mea­sures green building prac­tices by exam­ining energy sav­ings, water effi­ciency, the reduc­tion of harmful emis­sions and other key sus­tain­ability cri­teria. Inter­na­tional Vil­lage makes use of such green ele­ments as motion-​​sensor lighting, recy­cled building mate­rials, low-​​flow showers and faucets, and a roof garden.

Com­posed of three towers that stretch as high as 22 sto­ries, Inter­na­tional Vil­lage opened early last fall as a res­i­dence hall for 1,200 upper-​​class stu­dents and mem­bers of the Honors First-​​Year Living Learning com­mu­nity. The building also offers class­room and dining space, and boasts an exten­sive art col­lec­tion including pho­tog­raphy, sculp­ture, elec­tronic instal­la­tions and a 240-​​square-​​foot mural on the ground floor.

In addi­tion, Inter­na­tional Vil­lage houses sev­eral North­eastern pro­grams that offer sig­nif­i­cant ben­e­fits to the com­mu­nity, such as the Center for STEM (Sci­ence, Tech­nology, Engi­neering and Math) Edu­ca­tion, the Insti­tute on Urban Health Research and Sport in Society.