Project name: Public Radio Exchange (PRX) Headquarters
Project overview: The renovation of a 3,000 SF office space for PRX HQ in Allston involved a range of environments with different levels of privacy. This project embodies the client’s DIY culture utilizing off-the-shelf materials like plywood and translucent polycarbonate walls to craft a playful and energizing workspace.
Project location: Boston, Massachusetts
Firm name: BOS|UA with Rukamathu.Smith
Project type: Office Space
Project information: Renovation/restoration
Jury comments: A humble renovation epitomizes the small firm awards: doing much with little. This project creates a visible flexibility within its given program and uses everyday materials (including packaging “peanuts”) to create effortlessly and beautifully executed spaces. Involving the client in the actual construction could have been a double-edged sword, but for PRX, it seems the process allowed an ownership and satisfaction in the project that is rare. The striking end result reminds us why we do architecture and how thoughtful design with limited means can produce value.
BSA Impact: Equity | Environment | Advancing Architecture
Images/Photographer(s): John Horner; BOS|UA
Consultants: Allied Consulting Engineering Services, Inc; Bill Bancroft Furniture
AIA Framework for Design Excellence: Integration | Economy | Well-being | Resources | Change | Discovery