SCUP Excellence in Architecture for a New Building
Massachusetts College of Art and Design
ADD Inc.; Suffolk Construction; Odeh Engineers, Inc.; WSP Flack + Kurtz; Ground Inc.; SGH; Nitsch Engineering; C3; KMA; Lerch Bates; Kalin Associates; Campbell-McCabe
“ . . . skillfully done . . . floor sizes created more intimate groups of students . . . measures taken to offset the building’s cost to keep it affordable for the students . . . common areas at the top of the building have panoramic views of the city . . . ”
Massachusetts College of Art and Design (MassArt) wanted to increase the amount of students living on campus from 26% to 44%, including 95% of incoming freshman; decrease the number of students commuting; and foremost, create a social place where students could live and learn from each other around the clock. Being a state college, the construction budget was tight and the entire project needed to be funded through student rents. Gustav Klimt’s 1909 painting, the Tree of Life, with its underlying message that the tree symbolizes a home for all (a tree house), captured the imagination of MassArt, and its warm tones and organic forms provided a powerful starting point to develop a unique urban expression and interior character.