Located in Boston’s East Fenway district, the New England Conservatory offers undergraduate and graduate degrees, continuing education, and a K-12 music preparatory program. The 130,000 sf Student Life and Performance Center creates a vibrant new setting for the academic and community life of NEC. The SLPC offers orchestra and jazz rehearsal rooms, a black box opera workshop, the NEC library, 250 student rooms, a dining commons, and spaces for collaboration and gathering.
NEC’s two-block streetscape is transformed into an active campus and community setting, with new seating, trees, and widened sidewalks. The exterior is a striking composition of variegated terra cotta tiles, applied in mixed patterns, with broad glass expanses at street levels, and a stainless-steel screen cladding the performance wing. At the building base, dining and performance spaces are open to the street. An open stair connects performance floors, encouraging students and patrons to travel through the facilities. The SLPC provides opportunities for innovative musical collaboration - and a new image for NEC on Boston’s Avenue of the Arts.
Gensler is ABA’s Associate Architect.