Music Building, Amherst College, Amherst, MA

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According to the Amherst Archives and Special Collections, the building was designed by the architect Benjamin Thompson in 1967-68. Thompson was a founding member of the influential The Architects Collaborative, along with its most famous member, Walter Gropius.

IMG_7295The design is stripped down and utilitarian while using materials on the exterior that harmonize with the rest of the Amherst campus. All in all, it’s a relatively staid addition to the campus, probably exactly what Amherst had requested.

IMG_7291The inside of the Music Building has concrete coffered ceilings similar to this other Thompson design we have featured.

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At the entrance located under an overhang, the brick pavers along the ground continue into the lobby space.

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