The University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH
A light-filled, technology-rich, dynamic campus hub
Designed with a traditional brick façade to fit into the surrounding historic campus, this new building offers undergraduate, graduate and executive business students technology-enabled breakout rooms, classrooms designed to accommodate a range of teaching methods, and a unique hospitality management program. A bustling hub for learning and collaboration, the building houses several departments and draws students from across campus. A two-story, light-filled atrium provides social and study spaces, with views of the beautifully landscaped courtyard.
Sited in the historic heart of the campus, the new building complements its surroundings. The exterior façade is clad in traditional red brick on three sides, but offers a surprise south-facing courtyard – and new pedestrian connection – defined by a slate and glass curtain wall facade.
- The courtyard includes a stone labyrinth, steel sculptures donated by faculty, a rain garden, and seating for outdoor classes or socializing. At night, the courtyard is illuminated, inviting students to enter the two-story Great Hall for coffee and studying after hours.
- The Great Hall’s floor-to-ceiling glass curtain wall with maple wainscoting illuminates the space by day. The movement of the sun creates ever-changing shadows across the space, mirroring the dynamic learning environment.
- With over 1,000 classroom seats, the building offers a variety of learning spaces including an auditorium, problem-based learning classrooms, a hospitality management suite with a full production kitchen, and breakout rooms with cutting-edge technology. These breakout rooms are so popular, they are often booked from morning until late in the evening.