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311 Summer Street

Re-imagining a timeworn warehouse in an up-and-coming neighborhood

  • LEED

    Certified Platinum

  • 60K

    Square Feet

  • Boston, Massachusetts

    Boston, Massachusetts

A dynamic work space for our architecture and interior design teams in Boston

Located in Boston’s historic Fort Point Channel neighborhood, this early 20th-century warehouse—formerly a coffee warehouse—is the home of our Summer Street office. Following our roles on the 100 Acres Master Plan and Boston Wharf Master Plan—both of which provided architectural and urban planning guidelines for the emerging area—the firm boldly decided to lead by example and carefully renovate and restore this historic structure.

Inspired by its honest and direct construction, the architects chose to highlight the original structure through open ceilings, exposed systems, and an open layout with low-walled workstations that preserve views and maximize natural light. In an unexpected twist, the architects located reception and conference spaces of various sizes on the sixth floor in a glassy new addition perched on the warehouse’s flat roof. As they step off the elevators, visitors to the firm are greeted by spectacular views of the city and Boston Harbor.

Proving that preservation and environmental stewardship go hand-in-hand, the project was one of the first in Boston to receive LEED Platinum Certification, and it received numerous awards for preservation and sustainability.

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