Music Building, Building W18
Status: In construction
Themes: Enhancement of life and learning
Currently under construction, the new Music Building will relocate MIT’s music program to the dynamic and evolving West Campus area and consolidate many of its activities under a single roof.
Themes and priorities
MIT’s conservatory-level music program is thriving; more than 1,500 students enroll in music courses each year, and the campus is home to a variety of ensembles and chamber groups. Now under construction, the new state-of-the-art Music Building is expected to support the popular program’s current and future needs and curricular requirements.
Designed by SANAA, the building’s three corresponding volumes will house performance, rehearsal, and recording spaces as well as a large-scale, purpose-built performance lab. The brick-clad volumes – the Performance Lab Pavilion, the Music Maker Pavilion, and the Music and Culture Pavilion – will be connected by a glass-walled lobby providing multiple entrance points. Each volume will incorporate sound-insulating walls and world-class acoustical design. Below grade, a two-level garage will provide 120 parking spaces.
The building is sited within an illustrious context that includes Kresge Auditorium and the MIT Chapel (both designed by Eero Saarinen) and Baker House, designed by Alvar Aalto. In response, its design incorporates strong geometry, red brick, a stand of trees, and a curving curtainwall and roof that are a visual extension of nearby Kresge. The building’s proximity to the Johnson Athletic Center, the Zesiger Center, the Stratton Student Center, and several residential buildings is reflected by entrances that relate to the pedestrian walkways outside and invite people to pass through the airy, open lobby.
Intended to advance the vibrancy and diversity of MIT’s evolving West Campus sector, the Music Building was made possible by a cornerstone gift from Joyce Linde, a longtime supporter of MIT and the arts. The project is targeting LEED v4 Gold certification or above.
School or Unit
Design Architect: SANAA, Tokyo, Japan (2010 Pritzker prize profile)
Executive Architect: Perry Dean Rogers Partners Architects, Boston, MA
Acoustics Consultant: Nagata Acoustics, Los Angeles, CA
Construction manager: Lee Kennedy Construction
MIT Team: Joyand Charles, Vasso Mathes, Sarah Yazici
In the News
- Arts benefactor makes lead gift for new MIT music building; Commitment signals transformative moment for the Institute’s music programming; MIT News, Nov 25, 2018