BSA (Boston Society of Architects) Space / Höweler + Yoon Architecture

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The Boston Society of Architects (BSA) recently opened its new headquarters, BSA Space, ’s leading cultural institution on architecture and design. The design of the new headquarters by -based firm Höweler + Yoon Architecture is centered around a highly visible “cloud” ceiling and an iconic stair. These two architectural elements act as brand markers for BSA Space and an invitation into the exhibits and meeting spaces above. More images and project description after the break.

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Chosen via a competition in fall 2010, the design for the new headquarters is nestled on Boston’s waterfront between the Fort Point Channel and the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway on the Atlantic Wharf building at 290 Congress Street.

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BSA Space offers approximately 6,000 square feet of gallery space. The inaugural exhibit is IN FORM, which presents a 50-year legacy of projects in Boston that were envisioned to increase access to the city. Three themes—Legible City, New/Public and Futures—explore how design can shape our understanding of the city, expand its cultural impact and propose new possibilities for its development. Combining architecture and urban planning with the design of information, exhibitions and events, each of these built and unbuilt projects embodies a particular vision of what Boston is and what it could be. IN FORM was curated and designed by local design firm over,under and is sponsored by Cambridge Seven Associates and Eastern Salt Company.

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Additional exhibits currently on display include over,under’s Boston architecture, an interactive map highlighting the city’s contemporary and historical architecture; Mapping Big Bend, an outdoor exhibition of site-specific installations by a Wentworth Institute of Technology studio class; and Fold! an origami inspired installation from Aisha Densmore-Bey Assoc. AIA.

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In addition to gallery exhibits, BSA Space hosts architectural boat and walking tours, lectures, films, and other events that engage the wider world with design. BSA Space also offers expanded facilities for member and professional programs. The BSA Space gallery is open daily from 10:00 am–6:00 pm and all are welcome. Admission is free. For more information, visit here.

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  • Azhar

    Good architects

  • Rembo

    Really good architecture.

  • FurnFixEquip

    Bland… I thought cloud ceilings died with 80s and 90s PoMo – it dated projects then and it will date this one too. Also, when I see this, I can’t help but think of Michael Maltzan’s MoMa Queens (1999); the strategy of stark white inserts paired with suspended ceilings that are accentuated by painted black ceilings with tube fluorescents is nothing new. That strategy worked for Matlzan, and it was appropriate for a temporary project in a windowless big box typology. I am not convinced the H+Y project is the most sophisticated treatment for the building and space it is in. The only interesting part of the H+Y project is the uber-fussy stair.

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