by Kaoru Lovett (MArch '20)
Nested within Boston’s urban topography, the opera house serves as a campus for two prominent music conservatories. The project turns toward city life as the performance. The various activities and internal workings of the academy are exposed through sectional and scalar heterogeneity. Just as program between the two academies is divided into shared and independent spaces, the architecture finds reciprocity between the collective and the autonomous through the aggregation of program towers. This relationship generates a scalar spectrum of interlocking spatial components, alternating between room, tower, and urban block. As spectators navigate through the building, the internal performances unfold as exhibition.