New England Conservatory, Student Life and Performance Center
Photo by Peter Vanderwarker
The New England Conservatory wanted to create a hub for students by providing gathering spaces, dormitories, a library, practice rooms, and performance venues all in one new building. The divided geometry and varying facades discretize the building into its many functions. Largely clad in terra cotta and aluminum-framed curtain wall, the building gives a nod to the conservatory’s long history and tradition while playing off the more modern lower levels. The lowest three levels use full-height glazing to provide views into these common areas and the performance center stands out as a feature space with its 40 ft tall metal screen. SGH provided building enclosure and building science consulting services for the project.