An Artful Gateway


A curved tower of glass, the Gateway stands sentinel over the corner of North and Mt. Royal Avenues in Baltimore, a dramatic visual landmark in the heart of the city. It is the latest building to join the mix of cutting-edge new construction and adapted historic structures that make up the campus of the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA). The Gateway was designed through a firm-wide contest for young associates by the Baltimore-based international architectural firm, RTKL. The winning design is an innovative mixed-use building composed of a drum-shaped residential tower and a translucent glass building housing artists’ studios. The ground floor encompasses MICA’s largest exhibition gallery, a café and the BBOX—a flexible performance space with full multimedia capabilities.

More than 200 students took residence in the Gateway’s 63 three- and four-bedroom apartments when it opened in September, enjoying stunning views of the city and flexible living spaces within.

Architecture: RTKL. construction: The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company. Landscape: Higgins-Lazarus Landscape Architecture.