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Macallen Building Condominiums / office dA

  • 01:00 - 25 November, 2009
Macallen Building Condominiums / office dA
Macallen Building Condominiums / office dA, © John Horner Photography
© John Horner Photography

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  • Architects

  • Location

    Centre-South, Boston, MA, United States
  • Architect Of Record

    Burt Hill
  • Principals In Charge

    Monica Ponce de Leon, Nader Tehrani
  • Project Architect

    Dan Gallagher
  • Project Team

    Ghazal Abassy, Remon Alberts, Hansy Luz Better, Scott Ewart, Katja Gischas, Anna Goodman, David Jeffries, Krists Karklins, Ethan Kushner, Christine Mueller, Julian Palacio, Penn Ruderman, Ahmad Reza Schricker, Harry Lowd
  • Project Manager

    Lisa Huang
  • Area

    32516.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2007
  • Photographs

From the architect. Project Team: Ghazal Abassy, Remon Alberts, Hansy Luz Better, Scott Ewart, Katja Gischas, Anna Goodman, David Jeffries, Krists Karklins, Ethan Kushner, Christine Mueller, Julian Palacio, Penn Ruderman, Ahmad Reza Schricker, Harry Lowd

As a pivotal building in the urban revitalization of South Boston, the Macallen Building’s design requires a reassessment of conventional residential typologies to produce an innovative building that works within a developer’s financially competitive budget. Occupying a transitional site that mediates between highway off-ramps, an old residential fabric, and an industrial zone, the building negotiates different scales and urban configurations. The design addresses two scales and the different edge conditions of the surrounding context through varied spatial conditions, various ways of reacting to the public sphere, and accompanying material and façade articulations to reinforce the scales of interaction.

© John Horner Photography
© John Horner Photography

On the western end, the building responds to the highway with a curtain wall yielding panoramic views for the residents inside the building. On the eastern end, brickwork mirrors that of the residential building fabric, extending the logic of the storefront and pedestrian scale elements on that facade. On the north and south facades, bronzed aluminum panels reflect the industrial neighborhood component and express the structural system organization. Additionally, the Macallen building was designed from the ground up to take advantage of “green” building techniques and materials. It is the first LEED certified building of its type in Boston.

© John Horner Photography
© John Horner Photography

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This was a charged and difficult urban site between a historic neighborhood, an industrial wasteland, and an infrastructural interchange. The scale and scope of the project was substantial and demonstrates Office dA’s ability to work within the complex process of gaining public approval for a project. This design received LEED Gold certification and is a hallmark of Office dA’s experience in advancing and promoting sustainability.

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9 Comments

Bill Gnech · December 11, 2012

Interesting Building. I was commissioned to photograph the exterior after it was built. Watch out for the seagulls, their aim is pretty good.

loom · November 27, 2009

It's really good both in section solution and facade!!

Joahn · November 26, 2009

HEY, isn't this really in McAllen, Texas? I think I saw it there...are you sure about the location?

rmsnmz · November 26, 2009

It is just refreshing to see anything above average in Boston where contemporary architecture is seen like an evil practice.

That said, I appreciate the effort behind this building. Formally, it is pragmatically and successfully crafted to its site and surroundings. One thing that bothers me frankly is the facade treatment. It looks like every single surface was designed by a different architect. It might very well be intentional (like MVRDV) to show different programs on the facade radically but here, being a condo building, it doesn't seem to have a lot of differentiation in program which would necessitate the change in material on the facade.

richie · November 25, 2009

the chess facade is one of the best that i heve seen in the last couple of months, very good, it has a far view and a close detail view very nice!both situations are not easy to control in architecture.

jqt · November 25, 2009

office da (and burt hill in this case) solves so many complex probems with this project in a programatic and aesthetically pleasing way. kudos to the developer to for having the insight that good design pays off in the long run.

Andrew · November 25, 2009

A forward thinking project of this craft is refreshing to see in the states. It reminds me of the office buildings in northern Europe. Nicely done office dA.

sullka · November 25, 2009

Some of the engineers came to our office to talk about this project, was pretty interesteing, specially the structural design.

Funny note on how the developer bought a PH unit and added a pool in it during construction, having to cut out some beams and reinforce others.

Kenny Isidoro · November 25, 2009

Thanks for including so many drawings and diagrams; it's very well documented. Negotiating a very complex area, the massing and detailing make so much sense. It's definitely one of Boston's best new buildings.

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