Our Stone at the Massachusetts College of Art
Tuesday, January 3, 2012 at 9:15AM
Deirdre Trabucco

Inspired by Gustav Klimt's The Tree of Life, the new environmentally friendly residence hall will be part architectural achievement, part work of art

Our stone was used to complete the new Residence Hall for the Massachusetts College of Art on Huntington Avenue, eclipsing the Tower Building across the street as the signature building on campus. With 493 beds, this building doubles MassArt's housing capacity and guarantees all freshmen and sophomores an on-campus home.

Designed with extensive student involvement, the hall will merge sustainable, practical, and aesthetic elements that encourage interaction and enhance the college experience. When students enter, they'll be greeted by a café, a student lounge, and an art gallery that will showcase alumni work. On the second floor they'll find a state-of-the-art health center to be shared with neighboring colleges and, on the third floor, a fitness room, laundry facilities, and common kitchen. On alternating floors above, in spacious corner rooms featuring floor-to-ceiling windows, students will share lounges and work studios. And there will be plenty of seating coves parceled by beautiful landscaping just outside the building, some large enough to accommodate a class on those warm Boston days.

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