William Rawn Associates, 2015
Berklee College of Music was able to squeeze a big program into this small, awkwardly-shaped building footprint, with a surprisingly elegant result.
A code variance allowed for a much taller tower than might have been expected. This provides housing for all first-year students at Berklee, and for women who prefer to live on campus throughout their enrollment. A brightly-lit sliver of glass stretches up one corner, creating a beacon visible at night from across the Charles.
At the street level, a three-story folded glass façade reveals a dynamic combination dining and performance space, while still leaving room for “Berklee Beach” along the sunny sidewalk outside.
Two below-grade floors are well-used for soundproofed rehearsal rooms and recording studios.