Designed as the signature building for the Boston Center for the Arts complex, the new home for the Boston Ballet Company takes its cues from neighboring 19th century brownstones, brick commercial buildings, and a Gothic Revival church in establishing its place within the surrounding historic neighborhood. The roofline’s truncated corners reduce the building to a residential scale, while mimicking the adjacent gabled roofs. The rhythmic arrangement of fenestration, using familiar mullioned window types, enlivens both the interior and exterior, translating into architecture the essence of dance movement. Studios, practice rooms, and other specialized spaces required by the professional dance company and school occupy the building’s five floors. An oversized arched window and articulated balcony dramatize the dancer’s lounge and serve as the facade’s focal point.
National Commercial Builders Council, Award of Excellence