Tulane University Commons

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Tulane University Commons

The Commons will provide a gathering place for students, faculty and staff, to broaden the intellectual life of the university and build an even stronger sense of community. This bi-level, interconnected dining hall includes the Newcomb College Institute, and will become the center of student life.

The three-story, 77,000-square-foot building will enhance campus connectivity and enrich the pedestrian experience along Newcomb Place. Located on Tulane's Central Quad, the Commons reconceives its pivotal site to become a center for campus life. The design leverages the building's vertical adjacencies to catalyze connections between students, faculty, staff and community, and create a vibrant new 24/7 campus destination. The dining hall is zoned to accommodate different scales and types of dining, with formal and informal meeting spaces. A central, dual-level open kitchen at the heart of the building will serve a functional as well as pedagogical role, as the experience of how food is prepared, served, and enjoyed is integral to our society.

Taking advantage of New Orleans' climate, the building invites openings between indoor and outdoor spaces and presents an especially compelling opportunity for dining and special events. Levels one and two feature multiple dining options, with 1,100 seats, and supporting service spaces. Level three hosts the Newcomb College Institute, and includes classrooms, study spaces, offices, an event space, a library, archives, and an open-air courtyard.

The Commons underscores that significant educational experiences occur outside the classroom: over meals, through lectures, and during simultaneous encounters and collaborations.

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The Commons will provide a gathering place for students, faculty and staff, to broaden the intellectual life of the university and build an even stronger sense of community. This bi-level, interconnected dining hall includes the Newcomb College Institute, and will become the center of stud

Tulane University Commons

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Market Dining Revised Edit 1700

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Tulane Commons Northern Facade 1700