Bentley University recognized their significant donors during their centennial this year. We worked closely with the University on a new gathering space that included a donor wall by Honorcraft and falcon sculpture by Skylight Studios.
Jacob Kulin (Kulin Modern) and I worked together on Symphony Park, and we were recently looking for the next opportunity to collaborate. Fortunately that came about on a rooftop this time. Jacob helped me design an architectural railing for a roof deck in Boston's Back Bay, and then did the manufacturing/installation.
This new roof deck had stunning views of the city yet many utilities and condensers that could not be relocated. The custom railing helped us screen those utilities yet didn't block airflow. We designed a two-sized asymmetric pattern that was waterjet cut from 60/61 half-inch solid aluminum and then anodized. The back bottom third has an acrylic panel for additional screening and lighting effects.
Last year we asked many of our friends and clients this question. We enjoyed learning more about how they work together, and how to expand our network at the same time. The most frequent comments: our best collaborators are fun to work with, they challenge us, and simply bring out our best!
One of our 2016 highlights included the completion of Symphony Park. We had an on-going collaboration for 7 years with their Friends Group, East Fenway neighborhood, Boston Parks Department, Nitsch Engineering, SGH Engineering, Thompson Engineering, and Kulin Modern.
For more thoughts on this topic, check out this article: Getting Your Stars to Collaborate by Heidi K. Gardner (Harvard Business Review, January-February 2017 issue)
Greenside Graphics (www.greensidegraphics.com) produced this 3D animation for us to help illustrate and show proposed changes to the Bentley University campus; including, a new donor wall by HonorCraft.
Pate Landscape Architecture (Pate LA) carries forward the work of Pate Adams. The new firm name reflects Jon Pate's belief that thoughtful design exploration results in well-crafted environments.
Pate LA focuses on understanding client priorities, site programming, and the unique opportunities and constraints of each site. Fundamental to each design is a respect of the natural environment and architecture, followed by careful site investigations and creative sustainable solutions.
Jon regularly collaborates with architects, engineers, owners, and other creative professionals on university and college campuses, parks, healthcare gardens, green roofs, and private residences. Clients appreciate the commitment to their landscapes, regardless of project size or budget.
Hats off to the Friends of Symphony Park for arranging a full complement of programming at the newly opened park in Boston's Fenway neighborhood. From morning Tai Chi to jazz trios, there is something for everyone.
Our Symphony Park project awaits a masterful sculpture by Kulin Modern. Here are a few views of the fabrication.
Aging the Core-Ten steel in order to develop the perfect patina.
Bronze couplings attach the stainless steel rods to the sweeping sculpture.
The Kulin sculpture was designed in concert with the park design. The paving and the sculpture share similar gestures.
We are so pleased to be included in the group of finalists for the Boston Living with Water Competition.
We teamed with ARC/Architectural Resources Cambridge and AKF Engineering to address the call for a resilient and beautiful Boston. Our team's board is called the WATER FUN(d). View the board here.
FUN(d) stands for “Future Underwater Neighborhood district.” We imagine a new kind of coastal neighborhood that skillfully evolves and interacts with the water as it rises.
Here are some of the things we discussed while creating our competition entry:
- Everybody in Boston is going to get their feet wet. One third of Boston is within 7.5’ of high tide. By 2100 the sea level rise could be between 3’ and 6’. Add storm surge to that number and imagine the impact on our neighborhoods.
- Combining creative solutions can mitigate the rising tides, protect our shorelines and provide social and economic value to the neighborhood. These solutions include introducing (or re-introducing) wave breaks, canals, salt water marshes, and living barrier walls.
- We must adapt, collectively. Most importantly, all citizens need to embrace the rising water level with curiosity and adaptation for a resilient and beautiful Boston.
How can you learn more about living with water? Click here to view all of the submissions to the Boston Living with Water Challenge. Or click here to read the background documents that informed this work.
The Boston Living with Water Competition is administered by the Boston Harbor Association, the City of Boston, the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) and the Boston Society of Architects.
Images courtesy ARC/Architectural Resources Cambridge.
The outdoor gathering spaces are coming together at Bentley University's student center expansion. We salvaged the existing site granite and asked the contractor to cut it lengthwise for its new purpose in the new design.