Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth, Hanover, NH
Breakthrough concept combines living and learning with nature and campus life
The Tuck Living and Learning Complex at Dartmouth College represents a breakthrough concept, combining the functions of living, formal and informal learning and study, and social interaction in a single building for 100 graduate business students. The business education complex comprises three connected building segments, with programming functions blended throughout. Sited on a sloping site at the edge of a pine forest, the building allows nature and campus life to blend.
Nestled on the edge of a pine forest, the Tuck Living and Learning Complex provides an opportunity for business school students to live, learn, and connect to nature, all in one place.
- At the heart of the complex is the atrium—a grand yet inviting space with floor-to-ceiling windows and a large fireplace for informal gathering and activities. The atrium can be opened to the adjacent boardroom and dining room (supported by full-service kitchen) to comfortably accommodate the entire Tuck School population.
- The design team listened carefully and worked closely with students, faculty and administration representatives to design a building which truly supports the Tuck School mission: not only to help students study the technical and academic aspects of business, but also to guide them along the path of learning and make social connections and lifelong friendships, as part of a fulfilling career.
- The design of the complex is contemporary, yet fits seamlessly into its surroundings and the Georgian Dartmouth College campus. The precast concrete and patinated copper elements on the exterior relate to, but do not replicate, those used on adjacent Whittemore Hall, a 60-bed graduate residence hall and hotel for MBA and executive education students, which Goody Clancy completed several years prior.
- The project incorporates a range of sustainable strategies, including innovative energy recovery from air and water waste streams, a high-performance exterior envelope and locally-sourced stone and wood.