Boston Building Babble: BSA Space

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Today in Boston Building Babble we head to the Fort Point, for a tour of the 2010 renovation project to the Atlantic Warf building for the Boston Society of Architects.

Chosen via an open design competition in the Fall of 2010, the design for the new headquarters of the Boston Society of Architects has a prime location within the city.  The 16,000 square foot office, meeting, and exhibition space is nestled between the Fort Point Channel and the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway adjacent to the waterfront. The building has a 6,000 sq.ft. of snaking gallery space linked by a bold continuous green ribbon.

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The iconic stair designed by Howeler + Yoon Architecture becomes an enticing billboard for public engagement into the second level design gallery. The second floor’s ceiling spills into the lower level’s lobby space via the stair linking all the spaces together visually and literally.

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The layout of the gallery space promotes wandering within the open floor plan.  The space is always packed when they have a gallery opening (I highly recommend attending… come for the Architecture, stay for the beer, wine, and appetizers), yet you can still pull to the side and converse with someone you run into.

The newest exhibition opened on Wednesday and will run until June 17th. “See the designs, concepts and outreach programs for Connect Historic Boston, a dynamic partnership between the National Park Service and the Boston Transportation Department to link transit to historic sites throughout downtown.” (BSA Space) The exhibit will display initiatives to incorporate a bike path linking the historic sites of downtown Boston and Charlestown together, as well as making the Blackstone Block more accessible.

In addition to gallery exhibits, BSA Space hosts architectural boat cruises and walking tours, lectures, films, and other events that engage the public and Architects.

Admission to the BSA Space gallery is free and is open daily from 10:00 am–6:00 pm.

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