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Office dA in boston

Office dA

The Macallen Building, the first large project to be completed by Office dA, slopes up to the border of South Boston as a sleek monolith. This enigmatic character may even allude, suggests Nader Tehrani, who directs Office dA with Monica Ponce de Leon, to the Sphinx of ancient Egypt. Given its exposure - a post-industrial site with raised highway and bus garage to the south and multiple railway tracks to the west - and its contents -140 apartments, parking and retail spaces - the building is inevitably monumental. Yet its skin or pelt, adjusting in turn to each exposure, and its incised ridge of private terraces suggest a quality that is almost animalistic. The massing results from the union or hybridisation of two standard forms - row housing and the point tower. From this typological starting-point, Office dA connects lower and higher elements within a cranked, articulate envelope. At...

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