Renovation of Hopkins Arts Center in Snøhetta serves as both city and dress for Dartmouth’s creative community | News


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Snøhetta has revealed renderings for its new expansion and modernization of the Hopkins Center for the Arts at Dartmouth College.

The former facility known as The Hop will be upgraded with a new state-of-the-art broadcast facility, improved accessibility and connections to the surrounding Hanover Inn and Hood Museum of Art, while preserving the character from its original 1962 design by revered Lincoln Center architect Wallace K. Harrison.

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The renovated Hop will serve as a welcoming gathering place that connects the city of Hannover to the central Green of the campus. Inspired by the distant landscape of White Mountain, the design features an outdoor plaza that opens into a new reception area dubbed the Forum.

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A central staircase connects the ground-level Social Condenser to the building’s new 150-seat recital hall and performance lab on the second floor, with views of the Baker Library and surrounding quad through tapered-arch windows that have were created using an innovative system of curved mullions.

Image courtesy of Snøhetta and Methanoia.

Beneath the forum is a new submerged dedicated dance studio with even greater visual connections between the performers and the natural landscape being established through north-facing clerestory windows. Snøhetta will also renovate the original 900-seat Spaulding Auditorium in addition to restoring the popular Top of the Hop student area.

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“The voices of an ensemble, the production team of a dance video, and the audience themselves all represent the creative potential of diverse participation,” Snøhetta co-founder Craig Dykers told about the immersive scope of the project in a project announcement. “We are thrilled to extend Hop’s pioneering legacy as a place for emerging forms of artistic collaboration and creative expression by bringing new rehearsal and production spaces to the building, ensuring continued support for a variety of perspectives. and ways of doing it.”

Plans are for construction to begin at the end of the year. When completed in 2025, Hop’s redesign will become the latest major piece in a trio of cultural projects that includes TWBTA’s Hood Museum renovation in 2019 and Machado Silvetti’s Black Family Visual Arts Center from 2012.

William E. Bennett