Berklee College of Music
Berklee Tower

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Project

Berklee Tower

Client

Berklee College of Music

Location

Boston, MA

Completion

2013

Size

176,000 GSF

Certification

LEED Gold

Category

The Arts, Campus Innovations, Residence Halls

Fronting on Massachusetts Avenue, this multi-use 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.

RADICAL FLEXIBILITY

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 AIA National-CAE, Education Facility Design Excellence Award

2015 AIA National-CAE/SCUP, Excellence in Architecture Merit Award

2014 BSA Housing Design Award

2014 Engineering News Record, Best Higher Educational Project in New England

2015 NAMM, Technical Excellence & Creativity Award for Studio Design Project

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 + Berklee Instagram @cafshows