Berklee Tower of Music/Berklee Tower | Boston, Massachusetts | 2014
Architects: William Rawn Associates
Design Team: Cliff Gayley, Sam Lasky, and John Storyk
Client: Berklee College of Music
General Contractor: Lee Kennedy Co., Inc.
Structural Engineers: LeMessurier Consultants
MEP/FP/IT/Security Engineers: Rist-Frost-Shumway Engineering
Civil Engineers: Nitsch Engineering
Landscape Architects: Landworks Studio, Inc.
Sustainability Consultants: The Green Engineer, Inc.
Photographers: Robert Benson Photography / Bruce T. Martin Photography / Cheryl Felming
A New Urban Typology for the Leading Contemporary Music School in the United States – a Mixed-Use, High-Rise “Campus.”
Fronting on Massachusetts Avenue, this new multi-use residence hall for Berklee College of Music strengthens the College’s multiple connections to the City of Boston.
This is the College’s first purpose-built, free-standing building and is intended to create a center of gravity for the existing scattered campus and a strong identity for the school within the city. Still relatively new as a campus typology, the mixed-use approach brings the full range of campus activities into one building. Inclusion of these uses allows the building to open and engage with the city in new ways.
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,music technology studios, student activity and gathering spaces, and ground-ﬂoor retail. (176,000 g.s.f.)
Nearly half of Berklee students come from other countries, making deep immersion into the culture of the school fundamentally important to retention and the collaborative demands of music-making.