Lunder Arts Center / Bruner/Cott & Associates

Lunder Arts Center / Bruner/Cott & Associates

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Cambridge, United States
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 6874.8 ft2
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2015
  • Photographs Photographs: Robert Benson
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Shildan
  • Civil Engineer

    BSC Group
  • Structural Engineer

    Souza, True & Partners
  • MEP Engineer

    Van Zelm, Heywood & Shadford
  • Landscape

    Richard Burck Associates, Inc
  • IT/AV Consultant

    Acentech, Inc
  • Lighting

    Collaborative Lighting, LLC
  • Environmental Graphics

    Roll, Barresi & Associates
  • LEED Consultant

    Erica Downs, LEED AP
  • Industrial Hygiene

    Gordon Air Quality
  • Construction Manager

    John Moriarty & Associates
  • Curtainwall & Skylight

    Ipswich Bay Glass
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© Robert Benson
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Text description provided by the architects. The Lunder Arts Center at Lesley University’s College of Art and Design is a combined work, juxtaposing nineteenth and twenty-first century buildings to form a contemporary nexus for the arts. For Lesley University’s community of learners, value in the arts is important across all disciplines and lives and is at the core of the university’s educational mission.

© Robert Benson
© Robert Benson

The Center links a historic c.1845 church with a new terra-cotta structure, creating dialogue between nineteenth- and twenty-first century architecture. Exterior materials come from a single palette that responds to its context: glass, terra-cotta, painted clapboard, concrete, steel, copper, and granite.

Ground Floor Plan
Ground Floor Plan

The North Prospect Congregational Church, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, was moved (for the second time in its history) to a more prominent position on the site and fitted with a reconstructed granite based on historic records. The church’s exterior has been restored to its original appearance, and the interior has been reworked and converted to house the school’s art library and design studios. The ground floor is vibrant and transparent and positions the gallery as a participant of the streetscape. An entry plaza adjoins the widened sidewalk. Large glazed areas in the studio wing reveal the creative energy inside.

© Robert Benson
© Robert Benson

Clad in ivory terra-cotta, the studio wing houses the studio arts, with large north facing windows and curtainwall. The new architecture is informed by the church’s massing, scale and detail, and its facade elements harmonize with the neighborhood’s brick and clapboard context. The transparent ground floor gallery adds vibrancy to the streetscape.

The two wings are connected on the upper floors by a highly-detailed, glass-enclosed commons that includes the main entrance. The saw-tooth form of the connector recalls the industrial buildings so often inhabited by artists and unites the two wings. The program mirrors this link and radiates around this “Arts Commons.” The commons creates opportunities for interdisciplinary connection across artistic mediums, combining studio arts such as painting, drawing, ceramics, graphic design, illustration, printmaking, and sculpture with new media, animation, digital arts, and photography.


Classrooms are designed as state-of-the-art maker spaces with professional facilities and safety equipment. Anticipating LEED Gold certification, the complex leverages its dense urban site, creates a healthy indoor environment for artists, and is modeled to use 40% less energy than a building designed to the current energy code.

© Robert Benson
© Robert Benson

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Address: Lesley University, 29 Everett Street, Cambridge, MA 02138, USA

Location to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address.
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Cite: "Lunder Arts Center / Bruner/Cott & Associates" 13 Jun 2015. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884
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