Tufts University School of Dental Medicine

Academic | Health & Science
LOCATION: Boston, Massachusetts
COMPLETED: 2009
SIZE: 100,000 sq. ft.
OWNERS: Tuft University School of Dental Medicine
ARCHITECT: ARC/Architectural Resources Cambridge, Inc.
PHOTOGRAPHER: © Lam Partners

DESIGN TEAM:Glenn Heinmiller
 Dan Weissman

Located in downtown Boston, the Tufts University School of Dental Medicine is positioned at the entrance to the Tufts Health Sciences Campus. The glowing orange staircase is its most dramatic feature, and provides spectacular, yet welcoming radiance.

The staircase connects the top five floors, which are lit by both daylight and electric light, providing an airy and bright atmosphere, inside and out. Other rooms that lack views have sweeping linear uplights, replicating the airy and bright feeling.

As darkness falls on the Boston skyline, indirect lighting, visually integrated at the window walls, illuminates the clinics. This fresh approach keeps ceilings clean and uncluttered.

Glowing disks and rectangular fixtures add interest and effectively illuminate hallways and conference rooms. Broad washes of light strategically draw the eye and provide an open feel to hallways.