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Bruce C. Bolling Municipal Building - Facility Complex

Mecanoo Architecten | Sasaki Associates

America settentrionale | Boston

The completion by a high-profile European practice of its first project in the United States is automatically something of a career milestone, inviting reflection on the practice’s work thus far and raising the prospect of clues and cues for future work at home and abroad. The practice on this occasion is Mecanoo, based in Delft and led by the resolute Francine Houben. The project is the Bruce C. Bolling Municipal Building, realized together with Sasaki Associates at Dudley Square, an inner-city neighborhood on the cusp of rejuvenation directly south of Downtown Boston.

The Bauhaus master Paul Klee once described drawing as “simply a line going for a walk.” At Dudley Square the design team has taken their façade for a walk. In fact we should say “façades”, as this major new intervention by Mecanoo and Sasaki comprises a family of...

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