These days, Dudley Square in Boston, MA feels different. A new energy and optimism radiates from a warm brown brick building rising up from behind surrounding historic facades that recall this Roxbury neighborhood's vibrant past.
This striking addition to the square, the Bruce C. Bolling Municipal Building stitches together the historic facades of the Ferdinand, Curtis, and Waterman buildings into one cohesive structure large enough to house retail, green features, a public deck with 360 degree views of Boston, and the future headquarters for Boston Public Schools (BPS).
In anticipation of a spring 2015 opening, work crews are finalizing the interior open-plan workspaces that will provide as transformative an experience for the 500 BPS employees moving in as the captivating exterior already has for local residents and visitors to the square. The exterior design embodies a time-honored approach to construction craft, but in a contemporary way: the facades are made of distinctive brick with reliefs that provide intricate shadows in a playful rhythm. The facade's beautiful details encompass a variety of different masonry techniques from running bond and stack bond to soldier bond; because of the vitreous properties of the brick, the tactile facade reflects the light in different ways depending on the weather conditions.
The Bruce C. Bolling Municipal Building was designed by Sasaki and Mecanoo Architecten and built in close collaboration with Shawmut Design and Construction, PMA Construction, Boston's Property and Construction Management Department (PCMD), the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA), and The City of Boston. The remarkably collaborative team brings together creative vision, building expertise, artisanal craftsmanship, community engagement leadership, and civic stewardship to great effect—manifesting in a unique, high-quality mixed-use center for Dudley Square and Boston at large.
Check out the good progress underway:
Old meets new, blending restored limestone and terracotta with new brick The lobby and communal spaces undergo finishing touches
The open-plan office spaces will welcome BPS employees this winter
There are plenty of spaces for gathering and collaborating
Office windows and a public deck provide sweeping Boston skyline views
Photos courtesy of:
Shawmut Design and Construction
Sasaki, in collaboration with the Netherlands-based design firm Mecanoo, worked with the City of Boston to design a municipal office building in Dudley Square. Located in the heart of Roxbury, Dudley...