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160 Massachusetts Avenue Tower

Willian Rawn Associates, Architects

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160 Massachusetts Avenue Tower

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Berklee College of Music


  • Walters-Storyk Design Group
  • Mechanical Engineer: Rist-Frost-Shumway Engineering
  • Structural Engineer: LeMessurier Consultants
  • Geotechnical Engineer: Haley & Aldrich
  • Civil Engineer: Nitsch Engineering
  • Landscape Architect: Landworks Studio Inc.
  • Lighting Designer: Lam Partners, Inc.

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This 16-story mixed-use residence hall with a prominent 40-foot high performance/dining space overlooks a bustling urban streetscape. While this college is probably he foremost institution for contemporary music education in the country, it has had, until recently, a relatively low profile within Boston, as its facilities have historically been housed in a series of older buildings scattered across many city blocks. This is the College's first purpose-built, free-standing building. It is intended to create a center of gravity for the campus and a strong identity for the school within the city.  With it, the College is able to house the entire freshman class on campus for the first time.

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-fot glass wall, musicians are highly visible to the city - showcasing the deep talent and energy of the school's students.

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