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Global Contemporary Art Museum, North Adams
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MIT Media Lab Boston
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Boston Architectural News up to 2016

Dec 22, 2016
Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Massachusetts
Design: Richard Olcott / Ennead Architects
Peabody Essex Museum
image courtesy of architects
Ennead Architects broke ground last week on construction of the expansion of the Peabody Essex Museum (PEM), one of the fastest-growing art museums in North America, located in Salem, Massachusetts. It is part of one of the largest art museum campaigns in the country.

Oct 30, 2016
Powerhouse Student Event Space, Amherst College
Design: Bruner/Cott Architects and Planners
Powerhouse Student Event Space
image courtesy of architects
Amherst College engaged Bruner/Cott to create a student gathering and event space in a tactful but raw reworking of their historic 1925 McKim Mead & White steam plant. The existing classic form with its industrial interior was reconfigured to accommodate performances, dance parties, speakers and other student gatherings. Lighting and sound systems with flexible furniture concepts support this broad range of activities.

Aug 12, 2016
General Electric HQ Building in Boston
Design: Gensler architects
General Electric HQ Building in Boston
image courtesy General Electric / Gensler
This 12-story glass building has a sail-like solar panel ‘veil’ on top plus an illuminated GE logo. It is connected to two renovated brick warehouses.
The new headquarters complex overlooks Boston’s Fort Point Channel and has a maritime theme.

Apr 16, 2016
CChange – One Main Office Interior in Boston
Design: Mark Goulthorpe, Raphael Crespin
One Main Office Boston
photo : dECOi architects & Anton Grasslo

Oct 22, 2013
Lunder Arts Center, Lesley University, Cambridge
Design: Bruner/Cott & Associates, Architects
Lunder Arts Center, Lesley University, Cambridge
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This ambitious project enables Lesley University to relocate the College of Art and Design from its Kenmore Square site in Boston to a unified campus that stretches from the edge of Harvard Square into the heart of Porter Square. The project’s locus, at the intersection of Massachusetts Avenue and Roseland Street, reinforces Lesley’s mission of uniting the arts across the university as well as its commitment to the City of Cambridge.

Aug 14, 2013
Peabody Essex Museum Building, Salem, Massachusetts
Architects: Ennead Architects
John W. Olver Transit Center Greenfield
photograph Courtesy Peabody Essex Museum
The Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) announces the selection of Ennead Architects to design the museum’s $200 million, 175,000-square-foot expansion.

Mar 4, 2013
Floatyard, Charlestown, Boston Harbor, MA
Design: Perkins + Will Architects
Floatyard Boston
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Floatyard Boston
The architects propose increasing the number of waterfront residences to meet the current demand for young professional housing by building on the water. Floatyard will be a floating complex – entirely on water – that will provide both housing and public programming.

Oct 20, 2012
John W. Olver Transit Center, Greenfield, Massachusetts
Design: Charles Rose Architects
John W. Olver Transit Center Building
photograph : Peter Vanderwarker
John W. Olver Transit Center
This is an innovative zero-net-energy building. The 24,000-sqft combined transit center and government office is the first of its type in the United States.

Oct 15, 2012
Dudley Square Police Station
Design: Leers Weinzapfel Associates
Dudley Police Station Building
photograph © Anton Grassl / Esto
Dudley Police Station
The building is rated LEED GOLD. The building just picked up its third architectural award…an Honor Award from the Boston Society of Architects.

Oct 8, 2012
Boston University Center for Student Services
Design: Bruner/Cott, Architects and Planners
Boston University Center for Student Services
photo © Richard Mandelkorn
Boston University Center for Student Services
The LEED Gold registered Center for Student Services is Boston University’s new gateway to campus student life and services. The building reflects the University’s commitment to “providing students with comprehensive and seamless services”, in an environment that supports a mission of learning and creative development outside the classroom.

Sep 30, 2012
ENfold pavilion
Design: Perkins + Will
ENfold pavilion Boston
picture from SHIFTboston
ENfold pavilion Boston
ENfold a 500′ glowing ribbon in Frederick Law Olmsted’s Evan’s Way Park, directly across from the Isabella Steward Gardner Museum, is currently under construction. The installation has already been recognized by the Boston Society of Architects, as it has been nominated to receive an 2013 Unbuilt Architecture Award.

Sep 18, 2012
Novartis Laboratory and Office Complex, Cambridge, MA
Design: Cannon Design
Novartis Complex Cambridge
picture from Cannon Design
Novartis Research Complex Cambridge
Cannon Design is working with Maya Lin and Toshiko Mori, FAIA to design a new research campus for Novartis, a pharmaceutical company.

Jun 19, 2012
MGU Medical History and Innovation Museum
Design: Leers Weinzapfel Associates Architects
Museum of Medical History and Innovation
photo : Anton Grassl @ Esto Photographics
MGU Medical History and Innovation Museum
The new Massachusetts General Hospital Paul S. Russell MD Museum of Medical History and Innovation is located on a prominent site at the entry to its downtown Boston campus and showcases the medical achievements and culture of the hospital and its place in the community.

Mar 3, 2012
Municipal Office Building in Boston
Design: Sasaki Associates and Mecanoo architecten
Municipal Building Boston
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Municipal Office Building Boston
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.

Jan 11, 2012
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
Design: Renzo Piano Building Workshop
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum Building
photo © Nic Lehoux / Renzo Piano Building Workshop
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum Boston
Opening of the New Wing and Restored Historic Galleries to Public on January 19.
Extension Designed by Pritzker Prize-Winning Architect Renzo Piano

MIT School of Architecture Events
MIT School of Architecture Events, Cambridge, MA

SHIFTboston Design Competition
WHY STOP Competition
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WHY STOP Competition : Winner news

Boston Architectural News from 2011

The Clarendon
Robert A.M. Stern Architects
The Clarendon
photograph : Peter Aaron – Esto
The Clarendon Boston

Edward M. Kennedy Institute : Groundbreaking
Rafael Viñoly Architects
Edward M. Kennedy Institute Building
image : Rafael Viñoly
Edward M. Kennedy Institute

SHIFTboston urban intervention finalist
Influx Studio
Boston Treepods
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Boston Treepod Buildings

Boston Office Buildings

Boston Architecture Competition
BARGE 2011 Design Competition

Boston Building News from 2010

Brandeis University Campus Center
Charles Rose Architects
Brandeis Campus Center
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Brandeis University Campus Center

Orleans House, Pleasant Bay
Charles Rose Architects
Orleans House
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Orleans House

Community Rowing Boathouse Buildings
anmahian winton architects
Community Rowing Boathouse Building
photo © Peter Vanderwarker
Boston Rowing Boathouse

BSA Unbuilt Awards
Winning Designs + Architects
BSA Unbuilt Awards
image from architect
BSA Unbuilt Awards

Ames Hotel Building
Rockwell Group
Ames Hotel
photograph : Morgans Hotel Group
Ames Hotel design

Boston Harbor Garage towers proposal

KPF – Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates
Boston Harbor Garage
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Boston Harbor Garage towers

Boston Tower
Renzo Piano Building Workshop
1000ft high, 75 storeys
Building for Redevelopment Authority of Boston / Developer Steve Belkin
Controversial tower design, subject to change / delay at time of writing

Boston Architecture Archive

Key Boston Buildings, alphabetical:

Autodesk AEC Center, Cambridge
Design: KlingStubbins
AEC Solutions Group Headquarters
render courtesy of KlingStubbins
AEC Solutions Group Headquarters

Insititute of Contemporary Art
Diller + Scofidio
Location: Harbour, south Boston Waterfront
6000sqm: Gallery + Theatre + Cafe + Bookshop + Digital Media Centre

John Hancock Tower, Copley Square, Back Bay district
I.M. Pei, Architect
The John Hancock Tower : tallest building in New England
790ft high, 60 storeys
Hancock Place due to be overtaken by Renzo Piano’s Boston Tower
Tallest building in Boston for 3 decades

Light Portal, Central Artery Tunnel Authority
Design: JCDA; Architect of Record: Childs Bertman Tseckares
Light Portal Boston
photograph © Andreas Keller
Light Portal Boston

MIT Chapel, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
Design: Eero Saarinen Architect
Eero Saarinen

MIT Media Arts & Sciences Building
Design: Fumihiko Maki and associates
MIT Media Lab
photo courtesy of Andy Ryan
MIT Media Lab Building

Museum of Fine Arts
Design: Doster + Partners
Museum of Fine Arts Boston
photograph : Foster + Partners
Museum of Fine Arts Boston

Roxbury City Hall Contest
Roxbury City Hall

Simmons Hall, MIT
Design: Steven Holl Architects
Simmons Hall

Stata Center for Computer, Information & Intelligence Sciences, MIT
Frank Gehry

More Boston Architecture online soon

Boston Skyscraper Architecture

Prudential Tower

Trans National Place – proposed tower
1175 ft high

South Bay Tower – proposed tower
800 ft high

South Station Tower – proposed tower
800 ft high

Moshe Safdie Principal Architecture Office : Boston, 1978- Moshe Safdie

Boston Airport Building
Boston airport Boston Airport Building
photographs © Adrian Welch
Logan International Airport – Concourse

Modern Boston Buildings

Baker Dormitory, MIT campus
Alvar Aalto

Schlesinger Library – Building Renovation, Harvard University, Cambridge
Venturi, Scott Brown and Associates

More Modern Boston Architecture information online soon

Location: Boston, MA, USA

Massachusetts Architecture – Key Buildings in the state

American Architecture

Chesterwood Barn Gallery, Massachusetts
Design: Francoise Bollack Architects
Chesterwood Barn Gallery & Visitor Center Stockbridge
picture from architects

American Architects

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