160 Massachusetts Avenue, formerly called 168, is a mixed-use development being constructed on a 13,350-square-foot lot on the east side of Massachusetts Avenue one block south of Boylston Street. This new 155,000-plus square-foot, 16-story building will include 370 beds of student housing, enabling the college to house all of its entering students for the first time. These students will share two-story community rooms, practice and ensemble rooms, and a small fitness center.
The project will also include a 400-seat dining hall and evening performance venue, ground floor retail space, and recording studios and other music technology spaces located on two levels below grade. The recording studios and music technology spaces are designed by award-winning studio designers Walters-Storyk Design Group.
Designed by the award-winning firm of William Rawn Associates, Architects of Boston, the lower three levels of the building will feature dramatic floor-to-ceiling glass, giving passersby views of student activity and music performances within the building. The upper floors will feature large, loft-type windows and a distinctive, tinted stainless steel façade.