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MASSACHUSETTS COLLEGE OF ART AND DESIGN AND MEDIA CENTER | Boston, Massachusetts | 2016

MASSACHUSETTS COLLEGE OF ART AND DESIGN DESIGN AND MEDIA CENTER | Boston, Massachusetts | 2016       

Architects: Ennead Architects
Client: Swift Massachusetts College of Art


An adaptive re-use plus seismic upgrade of the original Rose City Awning factory, to create a company headquarters for Swift, a fast-growing 160-person digital media agency.

Located at the edge of the Slabtown neighborhood, comprised of low-rise light industrial, warehouse, and commercial structures plus a wave of new, taller multifamily developments. The location occupies 80% of a 200’ x 200’ city block adjacent to the Portland Streetcar N-S line and the I-405 elevated freeway.

The building is a 25,000- s.f. uninsulated one-story CMU warehouse composed of 5 equal 50’ x 100’ units. Built over 20 years from 1950 to 1970, the existing structure had few windows, 3 overhead doors, and 3 small north-facing rooftop “sawtooths.”

Upon completion, the final design is a 30,000-s.f. space including 5,000-s.f. of loft space distributed over 4 new mezzanines fit into new double height “sawtooths” with North-facing windows. The design arranges new 5’ x 9’ sheets of storefront glass in a composition that creates openings in locations where the existing CMU wall was structurally weak.

Architects: Ennead Architects
Client: Swift Massachusetts College of Art
General Contractor: Walsh Brothers

Photographers: Jorg Meyer Photography; Alex MacLean/ Landslide Photography; Richard Barnes Photography; Fadi Asmar / LERA Consulting Structural Engineers; Don Weinreich / Ennead Architects; Peter Vanderwarker


MASSACHUSETTS COLLEGE OF ART AND DESIGN AND MEDIA CENTER
MASSACHUSETTS COLLEGE OF ART AND DESIGN AND MEDIA CENTER
MASSACHUSETTS COLLEGE OF ART AND DESIGN AND MEDIA CENTER
MASSACHUSETTS COLLEGE OF ART AND DESIGN AND MEDIA CENTER

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