Thomas More Apartments

, Boston College

Boston, MA

Outdoor study spaces
Entrance and community space
study space
Exterior at dusk
Exterior detail

A new residence hall is helping the College meet growing demand for on-campus student housing while establishing a new campus gateway for the larger community. Located on Commonwealth Avenue, the major artery between downtown Boston and the BC campus, the College very much wanted the building to act as a symbolic gateway to the campus. The City went a step further to ask that the facility be physically open to the public as a pedestrian entry to campus.

The configuration of the building was determined by the creation of a significant landscaped courtyard that opens to St. Thomas More Drive. The scale of the courtyard – and its openness to a city street that runs through the campus – allows the green space to be identified with its residential community while simultaneously belonging to the campus and to the City of Boston.

A generous, two-story lobby was located at the northeast corner of the building, with dual entries creating a natural diagonal through path. The entries and the lobby are open from early morning through late evening, enabling the building to act as both a symbolic and physical gateway. Above the dual entries, a series of glazed two-story floor lounges alternate from inside corner to outside corner. These transparent stacked social spaces serve as a luminous beacon to both campus and city.

Building Facts

  • 243,000 GSF
  • 490 beds
  • 12,000 GSF Health Services Center
  • Four- and Six-bed Student Apartments
  • Faculty- and Minister-in-Residence Apartments
  • Floor Lounges and Study Lounges
  • Commons
  • Seminar Room
  • Music Practice Rooms