Tufts University, Perry and Marty Granoff Music Center
Square Footage: 55,000
Bronze Citation, 2007
Interiors Showcase - American School & University Magazine
Tufts University institutional objectives for this teaching and performance center were to establish the department as a regional and national leader in music teaching and performance, to create a distinctive sense of place, and to design an environment that fosters interaction among the university's arts programs. Our design centers around two interwoven aspects of these goals: movement and integration.
Sited on a hill overlooking the athletic fields and neighboring community, the building forms a gateway at the campus' south quadrant linking the movement of landscape and people toward and through the building. Integrated with other facilities within the arts complex, it is a resource for the greater campus and neighborhood communities as well as the centerpiece for the university’s music department.
The semi-circular entry arcade provides a ceremonial public forum for the campus. A 2-story lobby with connecting bridges and balcony galleries wraps around the recital hall gathering sunlight and views. The dynamic terrazzo floor pattern is based on a geometric diagram of a violin. Acoustical design elements ensure that environmental noise does not interfere with live performances and CD recording quality. The 300-seat Distler Performance Hall is acoustically sealed, a "box-within-a-box", as are three classrooms and a 2-story rehearsal hall that can be used for recitals.
Other program elements include classrooms and seminar rooms for academic teaching, a 12-station interactive multi-media lab, applied music practice rooms and teaching studios, faculty offices, and the Lilly Music Library with research terminals, lounge seating, and custom-built carrels for solo listening or group study.