Project name: The Little Building
Project overview: The project is an extensive renovation to a 100-year-old modern Renaissance Gothic building that expands its use as an inviting and modernly amenitized 1,035 bed-student residence hall. The restoration employed novel techniques to translate digital scans of the damaged historic façade into refined fabrication instructions for recreation in modern materials.
Project location: Boston, Massachusetts
Firm name: Elkus Manfredi Architects
Project type: Higher Education | Housing; Renovation
Project information: Addition, Adaptive reuse, Renovation/restoration
Jury comments: Of the many historic preservation projects, this jewel-like project rose to the top. The level of care, craft, and patience that went into the renovation/reconstruction was clearly demonstrated. Additionally, the creativity and technical skill apparent in the sophisticated, restrained infill additions is commendable. It is assumed this was not an easy sell and would not have been allowed had the design solution been anything less.
BSA Impact: Equity | Environment | Advancing Architecture
Client: Emerson College
Images/Photographer(s): Robert Benson; Leon H Abdalian (historic); Thomas E Marr (historic); drawings by Elkus Manfredi Architects
Consultants: Acentech; Autodesk Technology Center Boston; Béton Préfabriqué/BPDL; Building Conservation Associates; Cline Bettridge Bernstein Lighting Design; Existing Conditions Survey; Faithful & Gould; Feldman; Haley & Aldrich; Jacques Pena; Kalin Associates; McNamara Salvia; Nitsch Engineering; Norton S. Remmer, PE Consulting Engineers; Silverman Associates; Simpson Gumpertz & Heger, Inc.; Van Deusen & Associates; Vanderweil Engineers
AIA Framework for Design Excellence: Integration | Equitable Communities | Water | Economy | Energy | Well-being | Resources | Change | Discovery