New Municipal Office Building in Boston: Dudley Square

Boston Municipal Office Building, Dudley Square Building, Architect, Massachusetts

New Municipal Office Building in Boston: Dudley Square

Massachusetts Office Building, MA, USA – design by Mecanoo architecten + Sasaki Associates

5 + 3 Mar 2012

New Municipal Office Building in Boston

Design: Sasaki Associates + Mecanoo architecten

Sasaki and Mecanoo to design New Municipal Office Building in Boston

Delft, the Netherlands – US-based Sasaki Associates and Mecanoo architecten, led by Francine Houben, will design the new municipal office building in Dudley Square, Boston (US). The office building is a part of Mayor Thomas M. Menino’s Dudley Square Vision Project, which seeks to revitalize the once-thriving urban neighborhood of Roxbury and mass transit hub Dudley Square. The 17,000 m² facility will become the headquarters of the Boston Public Schools Administration and will include green, state-of-the-art office space, retail and civic spaces, and meeting space for the community.

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The Sasaki/Mecanoo team was selected through a high-profile public process, and stood out by envisioning the municipal building as the centerpiece of Roxbury. Mayor Thomas M. Menino: “Dudley Square is a historic neighborhood at the heart of our city and its revitalization is one of the most important development projects currently underway in Boston. I am thrilled to have Sasaki/Mecanoo as part of the Dudley team that will unlock the potential of Dudley Square and make it a thriving center of city life once again.”

Creative director of Mecanoo, Francine Houben: “It is a great honor to work on such a significant municipal building for Boston. The facility for the Public Schools Administration will act as a catalyst to improve the bus station and the historically rich neighborhood of Roxbury.”

About Mecanoo

Mecanoo architecten is a global, interdisciplinary design practice based in Delft, the Netherlands. Founded by Francine Houben, Mecanoo has developed a rich portfolio of urban architecture that includes iconic public spaces such as the new Library of Birmingham (United Kingdom), the Wei-Wu-Ying Center for the Arts in Kaohsiung (Taiwan), Cultural Complex in Shenzhen (China) and the master plan for the new Technical University campus in Moscow (Russia). Each of Mecanoo’s projects is considered in terms of how it relates to the larger urban and social fabric, as well as how it impacts the environment and the beauty of place. The company is made up of a highly multidisciplinary staff of over 95 creative professionals from 25 nationalities and includes architects, interior designers, urban planners, landscape architects and architectural technicians. In 2007 Francine Houben was a visiting professor at Harvard, in 2008 she received the Veuve Clicquot Business Woman of the Year Award. In 2011 the book Dutch Mountains was released, a chronicle of Francine Houben/Mecanoo and eight special projects in five different countries.

About Sasaki

Sasaki is a mid-sized firm of 225 professionals, delivering architecture, interior design, planning, urban design, landscape architecture, civil engineering and strategic services throughout the United States and internationally from its headquarters in Watertown, Massachusetts. Current clients include the nonprofit Education Development Center, State Street Corporation, and National Grid. The firm is also active locally performing master planning and urban design projects with the Boston Redevelopment Authority in Brighton and with the City of Somerville, as well as numerous higher-education projects in its campus planning and design practice.

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