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Macallen Condominiums

Office dA


  • Introduction by
  • Nader Tehrani and Mónica Ponce de Leon
  •  
  • Text by
  • Hashim Sarkis
  •  
  • Edited by
  • Oscar Riera Ojeda
  •  

Macallen Condominiums

Office dA

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  • contributors

  • Introduction by Nader Tehrani and Mónica Ponce de Leon
  • Text by Hashim Sarkis
  • Edited by Oscar Riera Ojeda
  • specifications

  • Size: 9.5” x 7.5”
  • Format: Portrait
  • Pages: 112
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Photographs: 75 color / 20 black and white
  • Weight: 1 kg
  • description

  • As a pivotal building in the urban revitalization of South Boston, the Building’s design requires a reassessment of conventional residential typologies to produce an innovative building that works within a developer’s financially competitive budget. Occupying a transitional site that mediates between highway off-ramps, an old residential fabric, and an industrial zone, the building negotiates different scales and urban configurations. The design addresses two scales and the different edge conditions of the surrounding con- text through varied spatial conditions, various ways of reacting to the public sphere, and accompanying material and façade articulations to reinforce the scales of interaction. On the western end, the building responds to the highway with a curtain wall yielding panoramic views for the residents inside the building. On the eastern end, brickwork mirrors that of the residential building fabric, extending the logic of the storefront and pedestrian scale elements on that facade. On the north and south facades, bronzed aluminum panels reflect the industrial neighborhood component and express the struc- tural system organization. Additionally, the Macallen building was designed from the ground up to take advantage of “green” building techniques and materials. It is the first LEED certified building of its type in Boston.
  • biographies

  • Office dA is a Boston-based architecture and design firm led since 1991 by principal partners Monica Ponce de Leon and Nader Tehrani. The firm’s work ranges in scale from furniture to urban design and infrastructure, with a focus on architecture. Office dA seizes on the challenges unique to each project—the peculiarities of a site, requirements of program, and the specifics of a target audience—as the catalysts for transformation in architecture. An investigation of the potentials of materials and construction techniques, often imported from fields outside of architecture, is the foundation for every design. Office dA explores unique material qualities in conjunction with both traditional and digital techniques of design and assembly, and resolves every project to a high level of detail. Office dA’s simultaneous rigor and sensitivity have allowed the firm to develop a portfolio of projects around the world—from Boston to Caracas to Beijing— which uniquely marry local craft and tradition to global and contemporary techniques.

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As a pivotal building in the urban revitalization of South Boston, the Building’s design requires a reassessment of conventional residential typologies to produce an innovative building that works within a developer’s financially competitive budget. Occupying a transitional site that mediates between highway off-ramps, an old residential fabric, and an industrial zone, the building negotiates different scales and urban configurations. The design addresses two scales and the different edge conditions of the surrounding con- text through varied spatial conditions, various ways of reacting to the public sphere, and accompanying material and façade articulations to reinforce the scales of interaction. On the western end, the building responds to the highway with a curtain wall yielding panoramic views for the residents inside the building. On the eastern end, brickwork mirrors that of the residential building fabric, extending the logic of the storefront and pedestrian scale elements on that facade. On the north and south facades, bronzed aluminum panels reflect the industrial neighborhood component and express the struc- tural system organization. Additionally, the Macallen building was designed from the ground up to take advantage of “green” building techniques and materials. It is the first LEED certified building of its type in Boston.

  • Introduction by Nader Tehrani and Mónica Ponce de Leon
  • Text by Hashim Sarkis
  • Edited by Oscar Riera Ojeda

Contributors Biographies

Office dA is a Boston-based architecture and design firm led since 1991 by principal partners Monica Ponce de Leon and Nader Tehrani. The firm’s work ranges in scale from furniture to urban design and infrastructure, with a focus on architecture. Office dA seizes on the challenges unique to each project—the peculiarities of a site, requirements of program, and the specifics of a target audience—as the catalysts for transformation in architecture. An investigation of the potentials of materials and construction techniques, often imported from fields outside of architecture, is the foundation for every design. Office dA explores unique material qualities in conjunction with both traditional and digital techniques of design and assembly, and resolves every project to a high level of detail. Office dA’s simultaneous rigor and sensitivity have allowed the firm to develop a portfolio of projects around the world—from Boston to Caracas to Beijing— which uniquely marry local craft and tradition to global and contemporary techniques.

  • Size:9.5” x 7.5”
  • Format:Portrait
  • Pages:112
  • Binding:Hardcover
  • Photographs:75 color / 20 black and white
  • Weight:1 kg