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Architecture review

In harmony with history

Contemporary building artfully fills a gap in South End neighborhood

The new apartment building at 691 Massachusetts Ave. by Urbanica Inc. The façade was designed by Studio Luz. The new apartment building at 691 Massachusetts Ave. by Urbanica Inc. The façade was designed by Studio Luz. (CHANG ZHANG)
By Robert Campbell
Globe Correspondent / November 6, 2011

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You might not even notice, walking or driving by, the new apartment building at 691 Massachusetts Ave. in the South End. That’s because it fits so beautifully into its historic neighborhood. But take a second look, and you realize that this building isn’t just deferential to its surroundings. It’s also fresh, inventive, confident, and contemporary. (So were its neighbors, long ago, when they were new.) The building is the work of a small developer and a pair of young architects.

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