Cambridge Rindge and Latin School, Media Arts Studio

Cambridge, Massachusetts

  • FIRM

    HMFH Architects


    City of Cambridge

  • AREA

    5,500 sq.ft.





This collaboration of the city’s high school, municipal television office and non-profit community access TV is situated in a former auto dealer showroom across the street from the high school. The new studio showcases the excitement and inherent visibility of television and video production.

Adapting a former auto dealership for this highly technical program ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCAPACITY60COST PER SQ FT$250.00FEATURED IN2006 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYSpecialized special consideration to acoustic isolation, especially in the sound-sensitive studio and A/V recording room. Large exterior windows and additional borrowed light frames highlight activities in the storefront computer lab classroom, which is visible from both the sidewalk and building interiors.

Tackboards and display monitors along the corridors allow students to view the work of their peers. The technology-focused field is further reflected in the use of custom, full-spectrum lighting and exposed overhead cable trays for wiring that run the length of the building.

Through an inclusive planning process, issues of cost, use and control were turned from typical turf conflicts into a shared commitment to a hands-on facility that serves and educates students, as well as the municipal community.