Design New England is again the media sponsor for the Boston Society of Architects 2nd annual awards program, which honors outstanding architecture throughout New England. In addition to the works selected for recognition by a panel of distinguished judges, the BSA and our partners at boston.com are encouraging the public to vote in the People’s Choice Award competition. This year, judges from varied design backgrounds narrowed the nominations to four Boston-area buildings. Criteria included appearance, sustainability, universality, and integration with the surroundings. Anyone can vote. The winner will be presented with the Harleston Parker Medal at the BSA Design Awards Gala on January 31.
And the nominees are:
Bruce T. Martin
Temple Beth Elohim
Temple Beth Elohim in Wellesley, Massachusetts, designed by William Rawn Associates, Architects Inc. of Boston is a new synagogue situated on its existing woodsy site. This spacious, yet friendly space can accommodates 1,000 people bringing the community together for a High Holy day or a weekly service.
Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates Inc.
Restoration of Alumnae Valley
The topography of the landscape at Alumnae Valley at Wellesley College in Wellesley, Massachusetts, certainly wasn’t suited to the typical campus quadrangle. Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates Inc. of Cambridge, Massachusetts, worked with the undulant landscape highlighting the beauty of the ecology to instill within the valley, and the campus, a real living component.
Fumihiko Maki with Leers Weinzapfel Associates
Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media Lab
Japanese architect and Pritzker Prize winner Fumihiko Maki worked with Boston’s Leers Weinzapfel Associates to create a new Media Lab on MIT’s Cambridge, Massachusetts, campus, which, connected to the media lab designed by I.M. Pei in 1985, has open research areas around a central atrium. The top floor has event space as well as a winter garden that overlooks the Charles River.
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum’s new wing was designed by Renzo Piano Building Workshop, which has offices in Genoa, Italy; Paris, and New York City. Stantec of Boston worked with Renzo Piano on the addition, which doubles the museum’s footprint adding a new concert hall, special exhibition space, cafe, gift shop, greenhouses, and living room.
Choose your favorite to win this year’s BSA People’s Choice Award!
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