Two months prior to the opening of the second floor renovations at the Boston Public Library (BPL), we were asked to provide interior decoration for Teen Central; an “eco-urban-chic” space housing a gaming lounge, maker lab, and the Teen collections. BPL had already developed a strong conceptual design for the space to complement the interior architecture and furnishings by William Rawn Associates, but the challenge set forth was still large; complete design development, purchase and acquire all items, produce custom pieces and provide installation prior to the scheduled opening.

The process was quick, but the results make for a lasting impression. Teens can display their artwork in the gallery; a large wall comprised of salvaged frames from the BPL and other sources. A selection of frames were painted to match the room’s signature color. Matted frames were hung with hinges and the wall is a full tack board surface making artwork hanging quick and easy. Throw pillows and area rugs, hand-cut by our designers, complete three distinct seating areas. A sculpture built from card catalog drawers, which were sourced from the Library’s basement, creates a striking window display. A collection of street signs, illuminated letters and framed artwork complete the space.

Project Details

location

Boston, MA

client/owner

Boston Public Library
City of Boston

architect

William Rawn Associates, Architects Inc.

categories

Graphics

Awards

BOSTON PRESERVATION ALLIANCE

PRESERVATION ACHIEVEMENT AWARD, 2017

AIA/ALA

LIBRARY BUILDING AWARD, 2017

PRESERVATION MASSACHUSETTS

THE PAUL & NIKKI TSONGAS AWARD BIGGEST IMPACT-URBAN, 2017

BOSTON SOCIETY OF LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTS

MERIT AWARD FOR DESIGN, 2017

CONGRESS FOR THE NEW URBANISM

CHARTER AWARD, GRAND PRIZE, 2017

ASSOCIATION OF GENERAL CONTRACTORS (AGC)

BUILD NEW ENGLAND AWARD, 2017

ENR NEW ENGLAND

AWARD, 2017

CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA

NEW ENGLAND PROJECT ACHIEVEMENT AWARD, 2017

ILLUMINATING ENGINEERING SOCIETY

SECTION AWARD, 2017

Photos by Robert Benson

Architectural Plans / Process