“ . . . dining area becomes performance space . . . clever, flexible area . . . the amount of programming that they have placed in a tight urban space is well done. . . vertical integration well used and good solution . . . I like the streetscape . . . program space is perfectly sustainable . . . ”
While Berklee is probably the 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 Berklee’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 result has been a singular addition to the city that has helped breathe new life into its immediate neighborhood. Its delightful, contemporary design aptly reflects and responds to the palpable energy of Berklee’s creative and talented students.
William Rawn Associates, Architects; LeMessurier Consultants; Rist-Frost-Shumway Engineering; Walters-Storyk Design Group; Ricca Newmark Design; Haley & Aldrich; Nitsch Engineering; Landworks Studio Inc.; Lam Partners, Inc.; The Green Engineer; R.W. Sullivan Engineering: The Schrafft Center; Acentech; VHB; Syska Hennessy Group