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Ashby Free Public Library in Massachusetts by The Galante Architecture Studio

Wednesday, June 6th, 2012

Article source: The Galante Architecture Studio

The Ashby Free Public Library is a passive solar building, intended to serve as a model for the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC). The project is an 8,000 SF addition to an existing masonry library. The two-story structure houses a children’s library on the lower level. The upper level contains a young adult’s area, main adult library, periodicals, and director’s offices. The resulting efficient plan separates children’s, and adults programming, while allowing integration on various levels.

Adult reading room

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Residential Loft in Boston, Massachusetts by The Galante Architecture Studio

Saturday, May 19th, 2012

Article source: The Galante Architecture Studio

The goal of this project was to divide the space into a definitive function, yet retain the feeling of an open plan loft. A series of “L” shaped bars were inserted to organize the space. Visual unity is maintained by reducing form and color to bare essentials, and breaking this mold only when required by program. Continuous light maple built in cabinets provide a constant rhythm throughout the loft. Darker idiosyncratic cabinets are inserted into this baseline to provide definition.

Bedroom Detail

  • Architects: The Galante Architecture Studio
  • Project: Residential Loft
  • Location: Boston, Massachusetts
  • Size: 1,500 ft2
  • Cost: Withheld
  • Materials: Masonry ▫ Wood ▫ Plaster ▫ Concrete

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Courtyard House in Cambridge, Massachusetts by The Galante Architecture Studio

Saturday, May 19th, 2012

Article source: The Galante Architecture Studio

This project is an inquiry into shared lives in multi-family dwelling situations. Specifically, here is a two family house oriented around a central courtyard. The lower level serves a more public function; kitchen, living room, dinning, etcetera. While the upper floor contains private functions; sleeping, and office work. There are two separate dwelling units literally, and figuratively interlocked.

Detail of courtyard

  • Architects: The Galante Architecture Studio
  • Project: Courtyard House
  • Location: Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • Size: 3,800 ft2
  • Cost: n/a
  • Materials: Copper ▫ Concrete ▫ Wood Frame

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Grudge House in Cambridge, Massachusetts by The Galante Architecture Studio

Friday, May 18th, 2012

Article source: The Galante Architecture Studio

This project is an effort to bring levity to a housing crisis in the City of Cambridge. In today’s market, if one could find the land, it would cost less to build a new two bedroom house than it would to buy an existing one. This small sliver of land is occupied by a squat little structure known locally as “the grudge building.” Locals speculate that the landowner built the house to spite an abutting neighbor who refused to purchase the tiny parcel. This serves as the basis for our site response.

View from side street

  • Architects: The Galante Architecture Studio
  • Project: Grudge House
  • Location: Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • Size: 1,700 ft2
  • Cost: n/a
  • Materials: Wood ▫ Glass ▫ Perforated Metal

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Berklee Valencia / Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts & Valencia, Spain by Walters-Storyk Design Group

Thursday, April 26th, 2012

Article source: Walters-Storyk Design Group

BERKLEE COLLEGE COMMISSIONS WSDG FOR MAJOR PROJECTS

Concurrent Work On Two Continents: Boston, Mass. & Valencia, Spain

In a patent message of confidence in education and the inherent strengths of the world economy, the Berklee College of Music has embarked on a significant expansion program.  In Valencia, Spain, an entirely new campus opened in January, 2012. In Boston, the first ground-up building in Berklee’s 66-year history, 160 Massachusetts Avenue, a 16-story, $100 million structure, began construction in December 2011. While U.S. and Spanish architects were engaged to create strikingly disparate footprints for each of these bold projects, a single internationally recognized studio design and acoustical consultancy, the Walters-Storyk Design Group, was commissioned to create the audio education studios for both these learning complexes.

Exterior - Rendering of Berklee 160 Mass Ave

  • Architect: Walters-Storyk Design Group 
  • Name of Project: Berklee Valencia/Berklee College of Music
  • Location: Boston, Massachusetts & Valencia, Spain
  • Software used: Revit

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Boston Medical Center in Massachusetts by Tsoi/Kobus & Associates

Friday, March 9th, 2012

Article source: Tsoi/Kobus & Associates

The latest in a series of strategic development and planning initiatives by BMC, this ambulatory building embodies the hospital’s mission to provide “exceptional care, without exception.” Located on a highly visible site, the nine story building represents the first phase in a long term effort by Boston Medical Center to transform the image of its Albany Street campus edge. The building will set the stage for future improvements along Albany Street, including a provision for easier pedestrian access and a better defined, active street edge.

Exterior view

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Room For Prayer in Quincy, Massachusetts by Studio Ö

Tuesday, February 21st, 2012

Article source: Studio Ö

Mosque and Cultural Center – Room For Prayer

Volumes

By placing the new addition of the Islamic Cultural centre next to the existing building we where able to set the parameters and proportions of the new part freely. The new building is raised above the ground by round, slender pillars. The volume is connected to the existing building by a passage, linking the new building to the communication of the existing one. The proposed volume is closed to the outside and opening up on the inside. The concrete facade has an intricate pattern working with shifting planes, creating shadow effects and an elegant and playful expression.

Exterior render

  • Architect: Studio Ö
  • Name of Project: Room For Prayer
  • Location: Quincy, Massachusetts, USA
  • Type: Extension for Islamic Center of New England
  • Stage: First prize in open architecture competition hosted arcbazar
  • Size: Aprox 430 m²

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The Center for Life Science in Boston, Massachusetts by Tsoi/Kobus & Associates

Tuesday, December 13th, 2011

Article source: Tsoi/Kobus & Associates

The Center for Life Science | Boston is the first of its kind in the country, a speculative, privately-owned, high-rise, multi-tenant laboratory building that offers flexible, cutting-edge research space to leading academic and medical institutions— Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Children’s Hospital Boston, and the Immune Disease Institute—without the institutions’ having to spend their own capital dollars. The 22-story building is located in the Blackfan Research District of Boston’s renowned Longwood Medical Area, home to the highest concentration of life science researchers in the world.

Exterior View (Image Courtesy Jeffrey Totaro)

  • Architects: Tsoi/Kobus & Associates
  • Project: The Center for Life Science
  • Location: Boston, Massachusetts
  • Owner: BioMed Realty Trust, Inc.
  • Developer: Lyme Properties, LLC
  • Construction Manager: William A. Berry & Son, Inc.
  • MEP Engineer: AHA Consulting Engineers
  • Structural Engineer: McNamara/Salvia, Inc.
  • Landscape Architect: Copley Wolff Design Group
  • Acoustical Consultant: Shen Milsom & Wilke
  • Photographers: Jeffrey Totaro
  • Software used: Given the high rise nature of the project, as well as the unusual geometry, designing and constructing the exterior curtain wall and its supporting structure was critical to maintain the budget and schedule.  TK&A used an early version of BIM software to describe the various design options, both in terms of the visual geometry and the physical construction of the components and structural attachments.

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Small House in Massachusetts by Maryann Thompson Architects

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

Article source: Maryann Thompson Architects

Located in Western Massachusetts, the site is a 10-acre sliver of land that runs down an eastern mountain slope of large red oak and birch trees. To preserve and inhabit this forested landscape, the house nestles into its wooded setting with views through the long trunks of downslope trees. The program requirements were to create a simple, modest-sized, 750sf two-bedroom house with the feel of a one-room cabin.

 

Exterior View (Images Courtesy Craig Okerstrom)

  • Architect:Maryann Thompson Architects
  • Name of Project: Small House
  • Location: Western Massachusetts
  • Photographer: Craig Okerstrom, Nathan Eikelberg

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The University of Massachusetts Integrated Science Building in Amherst by Jennifer Shelby Designed using AutoCad and FormZ

Saturday, September 24th, 2011

Article source: Jennifer Shelby

As the keystone in a new life sciences program at U Mass Amherst, the Integrated Sciences Building (ISB) sets the stage for the transformation of outdated and inhospitable teaching and research environments to a model focused on the integration of life, chemical, and physical sciences.

The building creates a new pulse at a key point on this campus of 26,000, located at a juncture between academic and residential precincts. The ISB presents a new approach to science learning to the entire university community.

Images Courtesy Warren Jagger

  • Architect: Jennifer Shelby – Rhino Publications for Payette
  • Name of Project: The University of Massachusetts Integrated Science Building
  • Location: Amherst, Massachusetts
  • Total Square Footage: 173,000 GSF Phase I, 155,000 GSF Phase II
  • Construction Cost: $92 million Phase I
  • Completed: 2009
  • Program Components: Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry, Life Sciences, Molecular Biology, Research Labs, Teaching Labs
  • Photography: Warren Jagger
  • Software used: AutoCad 2d/3d and FormZ (3-d modeling)

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