MASS ART, DESIGN AND MEDIA CENTER | Boston, MA | 72,000 GSF
2016 | Susan T. Rodriguez (Design Partner, Ennead Architects)
Mass Art’s new Design and Media Center establishes a new identity and threshold for the College along Boston’s “Avenue of the Arts”. The Center is a window into the vibrant art and design community of the College located at the critical intersection of campus and downtown Boston. The design weaves old and new together through the transformation of a historic brick gymnasium into a renewed, glass enclosed, monumental volume that encapsulates Mass Art’s spirit of design and the college’s goals for the future. The Center is a state-of-the-art flexible network of studios, galleries, and shared technical spaces designed to support Mass Art’s inter-disciplinary curricular goals and to foster an environment of collaboration.Reinforcing the school’s long history of independence and innovation, the Center creates a distinct and visible new front door to campus on Huntington Avenue. A new public plaza extending from the Center blurs the distinction between interior and exterior space while the exhibition hall acts as the nucleus of the building, unifying and connecting the new Center to the surrounding campus and city.
Awards | Chicago Athenaeum Award for American Architecture, 2017; Boston Society of Architects Design Award, 2016; SARA NY Design Award, 2017
Photo Credit | Richard Barnes, Matthew Melrose | LERA, Peter Vanderwarker, Don Weinreich | Ennead Architects
MASSACHUSETTS COLLEGE OF ART AND DESIGN, DESIGN AND MEDIA CENTER
Revealing the arts on Boston's 'Avenue of the Arts'