Hopkins Center for the Arts

The Hop Project

The Hopkins Center for the Arts has been a vital hub for creativity and artistic experiences at Dartmouth since 1962.

We have now embarked on a project to expand and reenvision the Hop for the 21st century, led by the trans-disciplinary design firm Snøhetta.  

Building on the Hop's founding vision, the upcoming redesign will support more ambitious creation of cross-disciplinary work onsite by resident artists, students and faculty. The project will add significantly to the Hop's existing footprint and will improve the flow and function of the Hop and surrounding Dartmouth Arts District.

The Hop project is a focus of The Call to Lead campaign and marks an important milestone in Dartmouth's ongoing, $180M investment in its Arts District. The Hop project is in the early stages of design development, with the goal of finalizing the design and engineering plans in 2022.

Letter from the Director


Dartmouth Selects Snøhetta To Lead $70 Million Renovation And Expansion Of Its Hopkins Center For The Arts

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Norwegian National Opera

About Snøhetta

Snøhetta is an integrated design practice that spans architecture, landscape architecture, urban design, interior design, product design and graphic design. Based in Oslo, with offices in New York, the firm brings extensive experience in higher education and cultural spaces to the Hopkins Center redesign and expansion project. The firm's portfolio of cultural projects includes the expansion of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Norwegian National Opera, Ballet Shanghai Grand Opera House, and the renovation of Times Square into a pedestrian cultural site. 

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Thursday Night Live: Opera Lab

Design Priorities

Creation of three new recital halls and teaching studios, including a flexible, multi-purpose performance space

Incorporation of state-of-the-art technologies that will allow the Hop to document, share, and broadcast Dartmouth-originated works across the world

Enhancement of the acoustics, flow, and wayfinding throughout the building

Enhancements to community, social, and study spaces, including the beloved Top of the Hop

Substantive upgrades to rehearsal rooms;Introduction of a new, more welcoming entry for ease of arrival and orientation

Hopkins Center for the Arts

A Place of Gathering and Creation

Originally designed by modernist Wallace K. Harrison, the Hop sits on the Dartmouth Green at the heart of campus. Its iconic arches and beloved halls have been a home to students, audiences and artists from around the world for nearly six decades. This sense of place is important to us.

We selected Snøhetta in part for their extensive experience in merging historic architecture and forward-looking design. Our shared vision is to maintain the architectural character of the Hop, while also creating new, flexible spaces that better meet the needs of today’s students and artists.

The Hopkins Center from Above

Project Timeline

The Snøhetta team has begun their work following an initial study by ARUP. The current timeline projects finalizing the conceptual designs for the Hop’s expansion in spring of 2021 and finalizing the engineering and construction plans in mid-2022. We do not yet have a full construction timeline, since this will depend on the engineering and design work phases.

Phil Hanlon at the 2019 Dartmouth Commencement

Arts at the Core of the Liberal Arts

We aspire for every Dartmouth graduate to be an imaginative thinker and creative leader. This makes the arts an essential aspect of any liberal arts experience. At Dartmouth, we are committed to this core vision and to engendering a love for exploration and experimentation among our students President Philip J. Hanlon, ’77

Investing in the Arts

The Hop project is a focus of the college’s Call to Lead campaign, which aims to dramatically expand experiential learning opportunities within Dartmouth’s liberal arts educational model. The work is supported through private funding dedicated specifically to this project.

$75 Million

Dartmouth aims to raise $75 million for the Hop project

$25 Million +

More than $25 million has been donated to date

$5 Million +

More than $5 million of the project is earmarked for Hop programming