The Tang Center supports the innovative teaching methods and professional development programs of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Sloan School of Management. Ellenzweig provided architectural design and construction administration services for the teaching facility program includeing a 300-seat auditorium, four discussion classrooms ranging from 75 to 130 seats, a corporate resource center for placement and recruitment, and an array of meeting rooms and offices. All teaching facilities incorporate sophisticated audio-visual and computer technology, and are designed to encourage interactive learning.
Generous lobby, break-out, and lounge spaces facilitate intensive use of the building by 300 graduate students, faculty, and staff, and enable the Sloan School to host distinguished speakers, conferences, and other social events. The lecture-hall foyer is furnished with couches and armchairs and serves as a student lounge. The spare but elegant lobby can accommodate a range of social functions from an impromptu lunchtime seminar to a reception for a guest lecturer. With such appealing interactive spaces, the Tang Center has become the social, as well as academic, hub of the Sloan School.
The major design intent of the building's exterior was to reflect the forward-looking aspects of the management education program, while harmonizing with overall campus architecture.
The project received Honor Awards for Design Excellence from the Boston Society of Architects and the New England Region of the American Institute of Architects.