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Official Name The Tree House Residence Hall at Massachusetts College of Art and Design
Former / Other Name Massachusetts College of Art and Design New Residence Hall
Type building
Status Completed
Country United States
State Massachusetts
City Boston
Street Address 578 Huntington Avenue (Map)
Building Function residential
Structural Material steel
Energy Label LEED Silver
Proposed 2008
Start of Construction 2010
Completion 2012
City Ranking #36 tallest in Boston
Height: Architectural 85.3 meter / 280 feet
Height: Occupied 74.4 meter / 244 feet
Height: To Tip 85.3 meter / 280 feet
Floors Above Ground 21
# of Elevators 3
Top Elevator Speed 1.77 m/s
Tower GFA 13,519 m² / 145,517 ft²
# of Apartments 137
Companies Involved
Owner Massachusetts State College Building Authority
Architect ADD Inc
Structural Engineer Odeh Engineers, Inc.
MEP Engineer WSP Flack + Kurtz
Main Contractor Suffolk Construction Company, Inc.
Other Consultant
• Code C3
About The Tree House Residence Hall at Massachusetts College of Art and Design
This new residential tower results from a highly unusual collaborative process and responds to the unique living/learning requirements of art school students. Inspired by Gustav Klimt's painting Tree of Life, this innovative high-rise includes 493 beds for freshmen and sophomores in 136 suites configured in one-, two-, or three-bedroom layouts. The building features a ground-floor café and living room, a second-floor health center, and a "Pajama Floor" at the third level with communal kitchen, game room, laundry facilities, and fitness center. Studio spaces alternate with lounges on the 17 upper floors. See Project Case Study
CTBUH Awards
2013 Best Tall Building Americas Finalist
CTBUH 12th Annual Awards, (See the CTBUH Awards Book)

Other CTBUH Links
Tree House Residence Hall, Boston
CTBUH Featured Tall Building, 2014

News Articles
MassArt Welcomes Klimt-Inspired Art Tower
CTBUH Global News, 2013-04
Tree of Life artwork by Gustav Klimt inspires Massachusetts College of Art and Design
World Architecture News, 2013-04