Herzog & de Meuron to overhaul Harvard GSD’s Gund Hall

Architecture firms Herzog & de Meuron and Beyer Blinder Belle have been enlisted to renovate and expand the main building at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design, in order to support “groundbreaking collaborations” between its programmes. The Harvard University Graduate School of Design (GSD) revealed today, 26 July 2018, that Swiss firm Herzog & de Meuron

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Destruction of brutalist buildings shown at Boston photography exhibition

The razing of notable brutalist buildings from the 1960s and 1970s, including work by architects Paul Rudolph and Alison and Peter Smithson, is the subject of a photography exhibition at a Boston art gallery. The Brutal Destruction show is on view at the Pinkcomma art gallery in the city’s South End district. Running until 3

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Deborah Richards creates retreat for her family beside Massachusetts lake

American architect Deborah Richards has designed a home for her extended family in Lakeville, Massachusetts, choosing wooden shingles to clad the exterior, and bright yellow accents for the windows and doors. Located on a steep slope facing a lake known as Long Pond, the home serves as a summertime meeting point for her extended family.

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Go Logic creates gable-roofed home for oceanfront site in Massachusetts

This family dwelling that American studio Go Logic designed for a dense waterfront neighbourhood features a green roof, two-toned cladding and a distinctive silhouette. The Quincy Bay Residence is located on an east-facing, oceanfront lot in Quincy, a densely populated town located just south of Boston. Creating a home that responded to the local historical

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Will Ruhl lifts house on concrete stilts to create larger family retreat

US architecture firm Ruhl Walker co-founder Will Ruhl has completed a home renovation for his family in Massachusetts, lifting an existing residence on concrete supports to create an extra living space underneath. Gap Cove House is located in Rockport, and was designed by the architect for himself and his wife, their two grown daughters and

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Smart city planned for former US Navy airfield near Boston

Architecture firms Elkus Manfredi and Sasaki have unveiled a masterplan to transform a parcel of land south of Boston into a smart city, the latest in a string to be announced for North America. Boston-based Elkus Manfredi Architects and Sasaki Associates have masterplanned an entire new city for a site located 12 miles south of

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Boston responds to climate change with elevated parks and flood barriers

Boston has launched a plan to prevent flooding in its most vulnerable waterfront neighbourhoods, becoming the latest US city to respond to the threat of rising sea levels. Released last week, the coastal Massachusetts city’s climate change plan outlines strategies to protect the neighbourhoods of East Boston and Charlestown from an increased likelihood of flooding.

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Parking garage extension forms home for architects Ensamble

To build their own home in the Massachusetts town of Brookline, the principals of Spanish firm Ensamble Studio prefabricated individual parts of the structure in Madrid and sailed them across the Atlantic to be assembled on site. Although usually based in the Spanish capital, Ensamble founders Débora Mesa and Antón García-Abril conduct research at Massachusetts

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Flansburgh Architects takes cues from wooden barns for dance studio in the Berkshires

American firm Flansburgh Architects has created a studio building for a performing arts campus in rural Massachusetts that is wrapped in warm-coloured wood and bands of glass. The Perles Family Studio is part of the Jacob’s Pillow dance campus in the small, bucolic town of Becket – situated in the Berkshires region of Massachusetts. Each summer,

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Leroy Street Studio updates traditional New England architecture for harbour-side Cove House

A harbour view is framed through the gap between the two sides of this house in Massachusetts by New York firm Leroy Street Studio. Cove House extends across a sea-facing slope in Woods Hole, a coastal town in the south of the state, overlooking the Vineyard Sound. Leroy Street Studio designed the home as a

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Toshiko Mori and Maya Lin create buildings for Boston pharmaceutical campus

Architects Toshiko Mori, Maya Lin and CannonDesign teamed up to design this new research complex for Swiss drug company Novartis, located in the Boston area. The complex, called the Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research, is located on a busy street in Cambridge, near the campus for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Encompassing more than 800,000 square feet (74,322 square

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Stern McCafferty Architects converts entrance of old Massachusetts house into a gallery

Boston-based Stern McCafferty Architects has overhauled a country home in Massachusetts, transforming the layout to showcase a collection of art work and expand the living areas into a bright annex. The residence was first built in 1905 as a mock-English riding house in Cambridge, Massachusetts – the seat of Harvard University. Owned by the president

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Leers Weinzapfel completes America’s first cross-laminated timber academic building

The University of Massachusetts Amherst’s new design school is the first academic building in the US to have a structural frame made of cross-laminated timber, according to its architects Leers Weinzapfel Associates. The Design Building is situated within the university’s campus in the city of Amherst, in central Massachusetts. It is the first cross-laminated timber

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Massachusetts island home is clad in charred cedar and textured concrete

US firms Gray Organschi Architecture and Schiller Projects took cues from the natural terrain of Martha’s Vineyard, a vacation island off the coast of Cape Cod, to create this holiday retreat. The Chilmark House sits on a 4.25-acre (1.7-hectare) site that is surrounded by farmland and overlooks the sea. “We worked with the family to search for

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The architecture of MIT: 10 impressive buildings on the tech university’s campus

Dezeen is visiting the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for the Being Material conference this week. Here’s a look at some of the best architecture at the campus, from Frank Gehry’s library to Eero Saarinen’s chapel. Located in Cambridge, just across the Charles River from Boston, the current MIT campus first opened in 1916 and covers a 168-acre (68-hectare)

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Bruner/Cott further expands MASS MoCA art museum in the Berkshires

American architecture firm Bruner/Cott has completed the latest stage in transforming a former textile factory into the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art. The museum sits at the heart of North Adams, an industrial town in the Berkshires area of Massachusetts. The area is an unlikely arts hub, but neighbouring Williamstown is also home to the

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Matter Design’s architectural play equipment encourages kids to crawl, jump and fly

Intersecting wood-clad volumes create a playground for children in a Massachusetts suburb to scurry through, clamber over and zip-wire from. The Five Fields Play Structure was designed by architects Brandon Clifford of Matter Design and Michael Schanbacher of FR|SCH Projects. It is located on a piece of common land shared by residents of Lexington’s Five

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Harvard to offer free online architecture course

The Harvard Graduate School of Design is launching a web-based course that offers architectural education at no cost. The Architectural Imagination course will allow students to “learn fundamental principles of architecture — as an academic subject or a professional career — from a study of history’s important buildings”, according to the website. Spread over 10

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O’Neill Rose creates elongated wooden home in the Berkshires

A long cypress-clad volume that projects from a hillside in rural Massachusetts forms this home, designed by US studio O’Neill Rose Architects for a nature-loving couple (+ slideshow). Called Undermountain, the house is located in Sheffield, a town in the Berkshires region in western Massachusetts. A popular getaway destination for city dwellers, the picturesque area is More

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Eight concrete boxes form a “moveable” vacation home on Martha’s Vineyard

A cluster of eight interconnected concrete volumes make up this Martha’s Vineyard residence, which is designed to be moved in the event of site erosion (+ slideshow). The single-family East House was created by Canadian architect Peter Rose in the town of Chilmark. Serious concerns about the site’s ability to support the 4,000 square foot More

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Nick Waldman creates a “studio in the trees” on a holiday island in Massachusetts

Designer Nick Waldman has completed a cedar-clad residence and studio for a graphic novelist in Martha’s Vineyard – an island just south of Cape Cod that is a popular destination for affluent summer vacationers. Called the Tree House, the studio building is located in the village of West Tisbury, known for its woods and farmland. More

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Jim Stephenson photographs Eero Saarinen’s “breathtaking” MIT Chapel

Undulating brick surfaces are concealed behind the smooth, windowless exterior of this chapel by Modernist architect Eero Saarinen, captured in these new images by British photographer Jim Stephenson (+ slideshow). Located on the Cambridge campus of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the MIT Chapel was completed by Finnish-American architect Saarinen in 1955. Externally the building is modest – a cylindrical brick volume with a moat around its More

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Arquitectonica’s Pierce Boston tower to feature apartments aimed at young tech entrepreneurs

Sales have officially launched for apartments inside this skyscraper in Boston by New York firm Arquitectonica, amid a “boom” in the city’s luxury condo market created by its growing tech scene (+ slideshow). The Pierce Boston residential tower is currently under construction in Boston’s Fenway neighbourhood. Set to rise 30 storeys to 340 feet (104 More

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Merge Architects clads compact Massachusetts home in weathering steel

US studio Merge Architects has completed a family home in the Boston area with facades clad in pre-rusted steel and interior spaces that overlook slot gardens (+ slideshow). Called Grow Box, the two-storey residence is located in Lexington, Massachusetts — a small, wealthy city in the Boston area. It was designed for an MIT professor, his More

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Harvard students create tiny vacation houses for stressed-out city dwellers

Graduate students from Harvard University have launched a company that designs, builds and rents out wilderness micro cabins to urban residents “looking to escape the digital grind and test drive tiny-house living” (+ slideshow). The company, called Getaway, is based within the Harvard Innovation Lab – a multidisciplinary program that supports entrepreneurship and innovation. The More

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Five of the best houses in Massachusetts on Dezeen

Our second roundup of houses from different US states focuses on Massachusetts, where some of the best homes we’ve featured include a sculptural weekend home (pictured) and a translucent plastic building with giant shutters on wheels (+ slideshow). Lake House by Taylor and Miller This lakefront weekend home by Taylor and Miller Architecture and Design More

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Dancers perform vertical routine across Boston building facade

Performers from experimental dance company Bandaloop leap, flip and spin across the glass facade of a 17-storey tower at Boston’s Fan Pier in this choreographed acrobatic act (+ movie). The aerial performance took place to celebrate the opening of 100 Northern Avenue – a 534,000-square-foot office building (49,600 square metres) on the city’s waterfront. Suspended More

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SAS Designbuild combines two facade styles for an urban Boston home

American studio SAS Designbuild has completed a family dwelling in a historic Boston neighbourhood that reads as two separate homes due to its unusual facade treatment. Called Taylor Street House, the 4,200-square-foot (390-square-metre) dwelling is located in Boson’s South End neighbourhood, which is known for its Victorian architecture and numerous parks. The urban home – More

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Boston architecture students complain about “unacceptable” studio space

Architecture students at Boston’s Northeastern University are petitioning for improved studio space, alleging their current working conditions are unsanitary, unsafe, cold and cramped. Their grievances were outlined in a letter published last week in the independent student newspaper, The Huntington News. The letter was addressed to university president Joseph Aoun, and was signed by the More

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Katrina Spade’s Urban Death Project proposes a composting facility for dead bodies

Seattle-based designer Katrina Spade has developed a building proposal that offers an eco-friendly alternative to burying or cremating loved ones. Called the Urban Death Project, Spade’s proposal calls for a building in which dead bodies wrapped in linen would be placed in a three-storey core that contains high-carbon materials. The bodies would eventually decompose and become soil. “The More

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Gluckman Tang designs museums for art and model trains in western Massachusetts

Officials in Massachusetts have announced plans for a pair of new museums designed by New York studio Gluckman Tang in the state’s northwestern region (+ slideshow). One museum will be dedicated to contemporary art while the other will show both architecture and “extreme model railroads.” Both will be located in the town of North Adams, also the home of More

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Taylor and Miller creates sculptural weekend home beside a Massachusetts lake

This lakefront weekend home in Massachusetts by Taylor and Miller Architecture and Design features protrusions that gesture toward the sky and water (+ slideshow). Called Lake House, the sculptural two-storey dwelling was designed by Taylor and Miller as an abstract composition of volumes and forms. It encompasses 1,650 square feet (153 square metres), and was designed to […]

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Aamodt Plumb renovates New England home housed within a cluster of barns

US firm Aamodt Plumb Architects has updated a Massachusetts dwelling made up of old barns that were converted into a single-family home in the 1950s (+ slideshow). Called Modern Barns, the 4,300-square-foot (400 square metres) dwelling consists of a series of timber volumes with pitched roofs. It is located in Lincoln, Massachusetts – a scenic New England town […]

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Kennedy & Violich adds copper-clad volume to the top of a Harvard building

Kennedy & Violich Architecture has enlarged a 1970s brick building at Harvard University by creating two new levels topped with a pitched roof. Kennedy & Violich added two new storeys and an angled copper roof to Harvard’s Tozzer Library, which has been renamed the Tozzer Anthropology Building. Encompassing 35,000 square feet (3,250 square metres), the expanded […]

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Massachusetts home by Anmahian Winton features a facade of ipe wood and zinc

American studio Anmahian Winton Architects chose pale wood and dark zinc for the facade of this house in Cambridge, Massachusetts, to contrast with its more traditional neighbours (+ slideshow). The site is located beside a busy street, but numerous trees help to screen it from its surroundings. This presented an opportunity for Anmahian Winton Architects to design a contemporary […]

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Hammer Architects completes a cabin retreat in the Cape Cod woodland

This holiday home near the northern tip of Cape Cod, Massachusetts, features a balcony-like room that allows residents to enjoy the scenic surroundings all year round (+ slideshow). Designed by Massachusetts firm Hammer Architects, which has a studio nearby, North Pamet Ridge House is a family weekend home located in a hilltop woodland clearing in […]

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Mecanoo’s first US project incorporates historic facades into Boston civic building

Dutch firm Mecanoo has completed its first project in the United States: an asymmetrical, brick-clad municipal building in a historic neighbourhood in Boston (+ slideshow). The Bruce C Bolling Municipal Building was designed in collaboration with Sasaki Associates, a US-based, multidisciplinary practice. Located on a triangular site in the heart of the Roxbury neighbourhood, the […]

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Renzo Piano reconfigures Harvard Art Museums around a grand courtyard atrium

Italian architect Renzo Piano has upgraded the facilities of the Harvard Art Museums in Boston, Massachusetts, by adding a new gallery wing and transforming a former courtyard into a top-lit atrium (+ slideshow). Renzo Piano Building Workshop has increased gallery space by 40 per cent in the three buildings that make up the Harvard Art Museum […]

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