Berklee College of Music
160 Massachusetts Avenue



160 Massachusetts Avenue


Berklee College of Music


Boston, MA




176,000 GSF




The Arts, Campus Innovations, Residence Halls

Fronting on Massachusetts Avenue, this multi-use 370-bed residence hall for Berklee College of Music strengthens the College’s multiple connections to the City of Boston. The transparent facade reveals the life of the building while creating an active urban street edge. The building includes freshman housing, a 400-seat, 2-story Dining Hall serving as a student performance venue overlooking the street, student activity and gathering spaces, ground-floor retail and the largest recording facility for an educational institution in the country.


The centerpiece of the residence hall is, as summarized by the College’s president “a performance space that can double as a dining hall by day.” The space is centered on a stage wrapped on three sides by a balcony - like a concert hall or theater. Because the stage is located directly behind the 40-foot glass wall, musicians are highly visible to the city - showcasing the deep talent and energy of the school’s students.

Awards + Recognition

2016 Chicago Athenaeum American Architecture Award

2015 National AIA Specialized Housing Award

2015 National AIA-CAE Education Facility Design Excellence Award

2015 National AIA-CAE/SCUP Excellence in Architecture for a New Building Merit Award

2015 NAMM Technical Excellence & Creativity Award for Outstanding Creative Achievement for Studio Design Project

2015 Dave Pensado Educator Award for Excellence in Audio Education

2014 BSA Housing Design Award

2014 Engineering News Record Best Higher Educational/Research Project in New England

Project Consultants

Structural Engineer | LeMessurier Consultants, Inc.

Mechanical / Electrical Engineer | Rist-Frost-Shumway Engineering

Civil Engineer | Nitsch Engineering

Landscape Architect | Landworks Studio, Inc.

Interior Designer | Lab [3.2] Architecture

Lighting Consultant | Lam Partners, Inc.

Acoustical Engineer | Walters-Storyk Design Group

AV Consultant | Acentech

Photographer | Robert Benson, Bruce T. Martin, Michael D. Spencer, Berklee Instagram @cafshows