Tufts University School of Dental Medicine, Boston, MA / Vertical Expansion (Interiors)
The Vertical Expansion adds five floors of post-doctoral teaching and clinical space on top of an existing 10-story building and includes two clinic floors, a simulation lab, teaching facilities and administrative offices. Clinic floors are split on a north/south axis between dental specialties, and an east/west axis between public “on-stage” and private “off-stage” areas. Communication between floors is facilitated by two internal stairs, one connecting the clinical floors and a second connecting the administrative and Continuing Education departments.
The crisp, clean quality of the interior spaces has helped reinvigorate and rebrand the Dental School’s image, providing not only a learning environment but also a refreshing clinical setting for thousands of dental patients. Floor-to-ceiling windows let in abundant natural light, amplified through the use of interior glass walls, soft paint colors and maple cabinetry. Located along the perimeter, communal amenities such as the 75-seat amphitheater and an Alumni Lounge offer expansive city views. Visible from the street below, a glass-enclosed orange metal-clad staircase connects all fifteen floors, serving as a recognizable beacon marking the entry to the Tufts Health Sciences campus.
Boston Society of Architects Honor Award, Healthcare Facilities Design, 2010 / Building of America Award, 2010 / Int’l Interior Design Assoc. (IIDA) New England Interior Award, 2010, Best Education Design
Project photography by Warren Patterson