The 7th BSA Design Awards held on January 18 at BSA Space gathered hundreds of industry professionals to celebrate the 2017 design award winners.
The Bruce C. Bolling Municipal Building in Boston, designed by Mecanoo and Sasaki Associates was presented with the Honor Award for Design Excellence. As a testimony to the vision of the late mayor Thomas M. Menino, the Bruce C. Bolling Municipal Building stands proudly over Dudley Square.
As a Bostonian building with a Dutch touch, a contemporary interpretation of classical layering manifests itself in the brick work encompassing a number of different masonry techniques from running bond, to stack bond, to soldier bond.
Elements in relief cast intricate shadows across one another in a playful, ‘jazzy’ rhythm. The vitreous properties of the bricks reflect light in different ways depending on the weather conditions. Designed to have a transparent plinth on ground floor level – known as the “New Dudley Square” – and a beacon-like crown at the very top, the form of the building defers to the urban grid.
This year’s Gala was hosted by Peggy Fogelman, Norma Jean Calderwood Director of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum (ISGM). The BSA Design Awards Gala is the design community's best and highest celebration of great design and the people who create it.
Read more about all the winners at BSA.