Boston's Berklee College of Music has long been renowned for its industry-leading contemporary music education programs. It touts more than 100 Grammy Award-winning faculty members and has served as a training ground for countless A-list musicians over the past five decades.

The 4,100-student school now has one of the country's most uniquely designed dining spaces, the Berklee Caf. Housed in Berklee's gleaming new 160 Massachusetts Avenue Tower residence hall, the facility may be the first in the industry to have been designed from the ground up to function both as a state-of-the-art dining hall and as a performance space.

Located in the heart of Boston's Back Bay area, the 160 Massachusetts Avenue residence hall serves as a living-learning nirvana for the 369 music students who room there. The building climbs 16 stories high and includes 2 additional below-street-level floors that house a 10-studio music production complex. Features of 160 Massachusetts Avenue include 6 double-height lounges, each serving 2 residence hall floors; 20 student practice rooms and 3 rehearsal rooms for resident-student use; a fitness facility and roof terrace on the fourth floor; 4,200 square feet of ground-floor retail space; and terrific views of the city. The $74 million facility, which opened in 2014 qualifies for LEED Silver certification.

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