Five years after its grand opening, our Lunder Arts Center keeps turning heads and receiving accolades for its eye-catching and environmentally friendly design. Most recently, Archinect.com listed it among the Boston-area’s Top 10 academic architecture projects.
The designation follows last autumn’s Educational Facility Design Award from the Boston Society for Architecture, which recognizes “design excellence in education facilities both K-12 and higher education building types.” According to the society, projects are assessed on “innovation in addressing programmatic requirements, site design, relationship to the landscape, evidence of holistic design thinking, consideration for universal access, and aesthetics.”
“Winning projects demonstrated sophisticated design thinking and sparked emotional responses from the judges,” according to the awards criteria.
We opened the Lunder Arts Center at 1801 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, in 2015. The complex, which houses galleries, state-of-the-art studios, offices and an arts library, was constructed by John Moriarty & Associates and designed by Bruner/Cott Architects.
“We are thrilled that the Lunder Arts Center is still being recognized and receiving design awards five years after its completion,” said Dana Kelly, a principal of Bruner/Cott Architects, at the time of the Boston Society for Architecture award. This award (shows) how merging old and new can create dynamic and innovative spaces that will serve the needs of students and the community for years to come.”
The LEED Gold-certified Lunder Arts Center is the heart of our College of Art and Design in Porter Square. The project required the relocation and careful renovation of the historic North Prospect Congregational Church and the design of an adjacent new structure that respects the iconic architecture of the church and reflects the industrial heritage of the city.
“The result is a terra cotta-clad studio wing informed by the massing, scale, and detail of the church, which was converted to house the art library, offices, and design studios,” the Archinect article reads.