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Massachusetts College of Art and Design Design and Media Center

Huntington Avenue Building, MA, USA – design by Ennead Architects

Apr 23, 2017

Massachusetts College of Art and Design Design and Media Center, USA

Location: Huntington Avenue, Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America

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Design: Ennead Architects

An adaptive re-use plus seismic upgrade of the original Rose City Awning factory, to create a company headquarters for Swift, a fast-growing 160-person digital media agency.

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photograph © Peter Vanderwarker

Located at the edge of the Slabtown neighborhood, comprised of low-rise light industrial, warehouse, and commercial structures plus a wave of new, taller multifamily developments. The location occupies 80% of a 200’ x 200’ city block adjacent to the Portland Streetcar N-S line and the I-405 elevated freeway.

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photograph © Richard Barnes Photography

The building is a 25,000- s.f. uninsulated one-story CMU warehouse composed of 5 equal 50’ x 100’ units. Built over 20 years from 1950 to 1970, the existing structure had few windows, 3 overhead doors, and 3 small north-facing rooftop “sawtooths.”

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photograph © Alex MacLean/ Landslide Photography

Upon completion, the final design is a 30,000-s.f. space including 5,000-s.f. of loft space distributed over 4 new mezzanines fit into new double height “sawtooths” with North-facing windows. The design arranges new 5’ x 9’ sheets of storefront glass in a composition that creates openings in locations where the existing CMU wall was structurally weak.

Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Design and Media Center | www.e-architect.co.uk
photo © Peter Vanderwarker

Massachusetts College of Art and Design Design and Media Center – Building Information

Architects: Ennead Architects
Client: Swift Massachusetts College of Art
General Contractor: Walsh Brothers
Photographers: Jorg Meyer Photography; Alex MacLean/ Landslide Photography; Richard Barnes Photography; Fadi Asmar / LERA Consulting Structural Engineers; Don Weinreich / Ennead Architects; Peter Vanderwarker

Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Design and Media Center | www.e-architect.co.uk
photograph © Peter Vanderwarker

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Address: 621 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02115, USA

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