The proposal is intended to become the familiar centre for art, questioning and evolving civic culture. Comparatively small next to its immediate neighbors, the new building is also part of and emerges out of its surroundings. From the street ground floor draws you in and offers a number of thresholds to access the building from almost any angle.
The building is wrapped by a translucent façade that is intending to receive artist commissioned bus-wrap graphic becoming both work of art and billboard. It offers a succession of effects; molded space, play of light, generous materials, flourishes, nooks and visual connections. The route opens up onto different flexible warehouse-like spaces, ripe for adaptation and reinterpretation, and used for developing dialogues. They should support any kind of event or exhibition for any kind of public or potential future occupants.
An open roof supports a multitude of potential futures: performance space, picnic lunch spot, bbq, or exhibition. People will be able to leave their marks all over the building, subtly and explicitly. The building is designed to engender and support emerging conversations, new relationships, and evolving creative encounters – this is not a precious architecture.
Keywords: Temporary Structures, Mobility
FORT POINT CHANNEL ARTS CENTERBoston MA 2006
PROGRAM: gallery, artist studios and lecture hall
CLIENT: fort point channel arts foundation
STATUS: finalist, cancelled