Steam Tunnel access grate on the Green, Google Street View
Steam Tunnel access grate on the Green, underside
The first stage of the steam tunnel’s construction, south of this grate, was a test meant to determine whether such a project would be economical in a ledge environment.
North bank of HBs at former entrance to Hop, view to west
Until recently, students entered the Hop at the end of the room. The entrance was closed off and a replacement of the same configuration built just to the north.
The new Hop entrance, view to northwest onto Zahm/Memorial Garden
(Have the memorial plaques attached to the Inn there been moved to Memorial Field? That would make sense. This is not their first location anyway.)
Triangle House entrance (west) facade
Even more than the society houses on the south side of Webster Avenue, Triangle House has a well-used student entrance on one side, shown here, and a formal street entrance on the other.
LSC bike pavilion
This elaborate bicycle shelter for the Life Sciences Center joins a couple other pavilions in the area.
Plaque moved from Gilman to LSC
The town changed the street address of the building to get it to match.
Several posts here over the past few years have commented on the redevelopment of what’s called the Radcliffe Observatory Quarter in Oxford, comparing it to Hanover’s own hospital district north of Maynard.
Rafael Viñoly Architects devised a 2008 master plan for the area that appears in an aerial view before the makeover:
Blavatnik site, with St. Paul’s at left
View of construction site through hoarding
View of site from west: Templeton Green College, with Observatory
The Oxford University Press building is visible at the right, outside the quarter.
That church opposite the Press (St. Paul’s) was a coffee shop/bar called FREVD that served as an example here in the Rollins Chapel reuse post.
Just beyond the church is the future site of the building of the Blavatnik School of Government (founded 2010, Wikipedia). Circle-in-a-square buildings do have a special history here, but even a person with some fondness for spaceship buildings could find something to quibble with in this project by Herzog & de Meuron.
The broad approach taken by the university as developer is interesting: there was archeology beforehand (Neolithic ring ditches!) and during construction there was an artist in residence and a set of public art presentations.
[Update 07.20.2014: View through hoarding added. Thanks to Hugin for panoramic image software.]
The Dartmouth reports again, this time with conviction, that the NCAC project as we know it is stalled. It seems as if it might have been effectively cancelled.
Bertaux + Iwerks Architects present an interesting might-have-been, a pre-NCAC design for a new central DMS building. The design would have given DMS a new signature structure and knitted together the existing campus by connecting Vail to Dana and the Life Sciences Center.
It is hard to tell whether this design would have been any more successful as a work of urbanism than the NCAC design, for all its faults. Then again, the NCAC had more space to play with, enjoying the removal of both Dana and Gilman.
The designers behind the planned North Campus Academic Center are the Cambridge, Mass. firm of KSWA. Firm founder Kyu Sung Woo (Wikipedia) designed the Olympic Village for the 1988 Olympics in Seoul (firm page).
The firm’s campus work includes a pair of dorms on Coffin Street at Bowdoin (firm page) and the Nerman Museum in Kansas (Architectural Record, Biemiller post at the Buildings & Grounds blog of The Chronicle).
The project page for the North Campus Academic Center at Dartmouth provides a slightly modified version of the May view of the building’s rear or quad facade as well as a view to the southwest showing the “front” facade on College Street.
What’s most notable is the siting: this building has some major planning implications. The building is not an east-west bar as its predecessor Gilman was. Instead, it appears to follow a northeast-southwest orientation, forming an angled tee shape (a favored form — see the Nerman plan). The dominant main block will follow the angle of College Street as it heads off toward Lyme. The southern end of the building, the stem of the tee, appears to adopt the orientation of the McLaughlin Cluster.
Thus, instead of forming a rectilinear wall along the bottom of the medical quad as Gilman did, the building opens like a trap door, allowing the quad to spill out to the McLaughlin Cluster.
Some new details about the building’s contents and surroundings:
Classrooms, meeting rooms, a graduate student lounge and social space, a cafe, and a large scale forum will be available to the Dartmouth community. The building will be set in a landscape featuring outdoor performances, art events, and a gathering space for major events such as the Medical School commencement.
The Life Sciences Center also was described as framing a space for commencements. Thus the commencement space mentioned above seems likely to be the existing medical quad rather than the sunken lawn visible in the first illustration.
[Update 08.11.2012: KSWA’s authorship of the Academic Center was mentioned as early as March 9 on a Korea.net article titled “Design by Korean architect dazzles in Boston.”]
Dartmouth recently announced that it has “initiated a renovation and expansion project for the Hopkins Center and will be selecting an architect in the coming year.” Because the Hop is so large, loved, and important, this is sure to be an interesting project.
On the occasion of the Hopkins Center’s 50th anniversary, the alumni magazine has published a photo essay on the Hop of today and collected reminiscences.
Reading Jonah Lehrer’s New Yorker article mentioning the Pixar building and how Steve Jobs concentrated the restrooms in one place as a way of forcing interaction among employees reminds one of the Hinman Boxes and their placement in the Hopkins Center with the specific intention of exposing students to the arts.
The Black family’s gift for the Visual Arts Center includes the funding of an artwork by Ellsworth Kelly that will be attached to the east facade of Spaulding Auditorium this year (The Dartmouth). See this Street View for the likely site.
The publicity around the Hood expansion and the arts center refers to “Dartmouth’s new Arts District.” It seems that neither “Hopland” nor “SoWhee” has taken hold.
There is the challenge of adding to a notable building by a big-name architect, Wallace Harrison. The various firms doing careful insertions in and around the Harrison-planned Lincoln Center, including Tod Williams Billie Tsien, would be worth considering (Lincoln Center page, Times Topics).
Two recent master plans have proposed that the college graft a variety of additions onto the sides of the Hop:
It will be interesting to see where the new additions will go and how they will look. Will the Hop’s studio range really be demolished and replaced, as the Rogers Marvel plan proposes? Will the blank wall on Lebanon Street really get a row of shops, as the Brook McIlroy plan proposes? Will a northern addition expand the Hop proper toward the Green, alongside the original and iconic Moore Theatre? Stay tuned.
[Update 07.07.2012: Link to DAM article added.]
Yale has been described as having more buildings with street addresses than any other school. That might have been the case 15 years ago, but in the age of E911 address requirements, there should not be a campus building anywhere in the country without a street number.
This is interesting: Dartmouth’s Class of 1978 Life Sciences Center, which basically is part of the old Med School campus along College Street, had its street number changed from 76 College Street to 78 College Street.
[Update 11.04.2012: First sentence changed, citation to Yale plan added, and DAM citation placed in footnote.]
The college dedicated the Life Sciences Center on November 5 (The Dartmouth, Dartmouth Now, the Chronicle building blog). A new video shows a few of the large building’s interiors. The college Flickr feed has more.
Google’s Street View cyclist captured the LSC on a beautiful day about a year ago. Look at that copper! Dartmouth posted a video during construction explaining the building’s proposed LEED certification.
The center’s architects are Bohlin Cywinski Jackson. The firm designed the monumental Apple Stores, including the Fifth Avenue cube, which reopened November 4 after being reclad in larger panes of glass, as well as the Pixar Animation Studios headquarters. (Apple’s upcoming spaceship headquarters in Cupertino is by Norman Foster.)
[Update 03.31.2013: Broken links to headquarters and Foster replaced.]
The Dartmouth recently published articles on the progress of construction in general and ’53 Commons in particular. The word is that football recruits like the revived Commons.
The designers of the LSC, Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, call the rectangular green space framed by the new building “the Yard.” The paved paths look as if they follow routes that have been there for generations, but one has to wonder how the architects knew to put them where they are. The Dartmouth has an article with details about the building, noting that the dedication will take place next month.
The Yard under construction during June
October 10 view of the LSC taken from the webcam
[Update 11.17.2012: Broken link to webcam removed.]
News notes on construction projects old and new:
- An anonymous donation has named the fitness center recently installed in the old gymnasium space at the top of Alumni Gym for former Trustee Charles Zimmerman ’23 Tu ’24 (The Dartmouth, Bloomberg).
- An article in the Valley News on Harris Trail at Hanover and the Class of 1966 Lodge.
- Health Facilities Management has named the DHMC complex an “icon” and the subject of one of its case studies. The SBRA announcement notes the hospital’s adoption of the shopping mall form.
- For an example of a remarkable and appropriate setting for a Beverly Pepper sculpture that shares some of the attributes of Thel, see the Weisslers’ amphitheater in New York (New York Times). See also the BLDGBLOG post on Buried Buildings.
- A building-related issue of The Mirror has some details on the Life Sciences Center.
- One hopes that the OPDC will get the chance to add a Class of 1953 Commons page to its list of projects.
- Another Titcomb Cabin update.
[Update 07.06.2013: Sluggish link to SBRA announcement removed.]
Dartmouth Now posted an update on campus construction back in June. The first photo (larger version on Flickr) shows the busy east end of the Life Sciences Center.
There is also a podcast covering the LSC and sustainability, and the webcam continues to show the state of the work.
Dartmouth Now, by the way, is from the Office of Public Affairs and appears to be the new and peppier face of the college on the Web, up since about January.
[Update 11.17.2012: Broken link to webcam removed.]
The Dartmouth ran an article on May 7th about perceptions of the cost of the Life Sciences Center and included a photo of the building in progress. The webcam has a current view.
A time-lapse film of the demolition of the intriguing and notable but appropriately-unloved Strasenburgh Hall is available.
The firm designing the Life Sciences Center, Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, is responsible for the fifth-most photographed site in all of New York City: the Apple Store on Fifth Avenue (NPR).
[Update 01.13.2013: Broken link to Philly replaced with link to NPR.]
[Update 11.17.2012: Broken link to webcam removed.]
The designs for Memorial Field’s West Stand or the replacement for Thayer Dining Hall have not been revealed, but a few smaller items of interest have come out over the past few months:
- Construction of the ’78 Life Science Center began in early September, notes the OPDC, after the Occom Pond Neighborhood Association’s appeal of Hanover’s zoning permission was dismissed (press release). A webcam shows the site when it’s light out.
- The reconstruction of Rolfe Field and the construction of the surrounding Biondi Park have been delayed by site conditions, quoted Jim Hunter of Clark Construction Company: “Dartmouth is just so old that you never know what you’re going to
find underneath the ground.” When students were digging trenches in the area during World War I, they found an old house foundation.
- Moore Ruble Yudell has a page up for the North Campus master plan.
- A huge amount of effort has gone into building a sprawling housing development near the hospital at Gile Hill, and into making it not seem like affordable housing (site map). The project was designed by Gossens Bachman Architects of Montpelier, designers of the Rock of Ages Corporation Visitor Center and of a design for the Vermont Granite Museum.
[Update 03.31.2013: Broken link to Gile Hill plan and site map removed.]
[Update 01.05.2013: Broken link to master plan replaced.]
OPDC has posted two watercolor views of the Class of 1978 Life Sciences Building: a view of the north facade, marking a dramatic entrance to Dartmouth, and one of the south facade facing the Medical School’s courtyard.
The Class of 1978 Life Sciences Building is taking the place of Strasenburgh Hall, a cramped Medical School office building. Strasenburgh was built as a dormitory, and for that reason it was the only building on the School’s “original” (1950-1980) campus not designed by SBRA: the dormitory, like its Tuck School counterpart Buchanan Hall, was designed by the consulting architects of the College, Campbell Aldrich & Nulty.
Dartmouth Medicine magazine (Winter 2006) has an article by Jennifer Durgin on Strasenburgh’s past, and it includes an excellent aerial photo of the medical campus. Strasenburgh’s small scale and busy faceting made it one of the least unappealing buildings of the group.
Joining the camera facing the Tuck Living and Learning Complex construction site is a new camera atop Dana trained on the ’78 Life Sciences Center.
[Update 12.02.2012: Broken link really removed.]
[Update 11.17.2012: Broken link removed.]
The Class of 1978 shows another rendering of the Life Sciences Center. The Dartmouth states that demolition of the three buildings on the site has begun, and notes that workers will break ground in December.
The Life Sciences Building has a name: The Class of 1978 Life Sciences Center (press release; article in The Dartmouth). The only other Dartmouth building named for a class that comes to mind was named only last year, the Class of 1953 Dining Commons.
The class plans to raise $40 million of the roughly $95-million construction cost. The architecture firm, Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, recently hired a few new designers in its Pittsburgh office to handle this project in particular.
The press release announcing the gift includes the first perspective renderings available, and they emphasize what appears to be an elliptical-plan glass stair tower. The long cross-bar will be the teaching portion of the building, and the shorter north-south wing will house the research spaces and administration.
[Updated 10.20.2007: “Building” changed to “Center” in first stentence.]