Mecanoo, with Sasaki Associates, 2015
Harleston Parker Medal, 2016
Preservation Achievement Award, 2016
LEED Gold certified
Developed by the City of Boston on an abandoned city block, this project retained the rounded 1901 facade of Ferdinand's, a leading furniture retailer of the time. Behind it, new buildings are massed as a cluster of smaller forms rather that one monolithic block, echoing the structures that had been there before. The project represents a keystone social and market addition for the redevelopment of the Dudley Square neighborhood.
The design team, an innovative Dutch firm doing its first project in the U.S. partnered with a local firm, was selected through an international competition.
Boston Public Schools central office shares this space with the Roxbury Innovation Center, a civic program that supports local economic development by encouraging innovation and entrepreneurship. RIC is available for groups to provide programming that supports innovators, entrepreneurs, and business founders.
Images: ©Anton Grassl, ESTO.