2011 Sustainable Design Award, Boston Society of Architects
2010 Beyond Green High-Performance Building Awards: Citation for Innovative Envelope System, Sustainable Buildings Industry Council (SBIC)
2010 Integrated Design/Integrated Development Award (IDID) for Excellence in Sustainable Design, AIA New Hampshire
2010 Harleston Parker Medal for the “Most Beautiful Building” in Boston, Boston Society of Architects
2010 Annual Design Review Award, ARCHITECT Magazine, November 2010
2010 Honor Award for Design Excellence, AIA New England
2010 Honor Award for Design Excellence, Boston Society of Architects
2010 Award for Interior Design/Interior Architecture, Boston Society of Architects
2010 Preservation Award, Massachusetts Historical Commission
2010 Cambridge Historical Commission Special Recognition
2011 Metal in Architecture Awards – Sustainable Design Category, Metal Architecture Magazine
2011 Illumination Award, Illumination Engineering Society of Boston (IES)
2011 ULI Awards for Design Excellence – Finalist
2011 International Design Awards – Finalist
2010 AGC Aon Build America Award, Associated General Contractors of America
2010 Library Design Showcase, American Libraries Magazine, April 2010
One of the 10 Best Boston-Area Buildings of the Decade (2000-2010), Boston Herald, January 4, 2010
Cambridge Public Library
Cambridge, MA

This LEED Silver main public library includes the preservation of the historic library (27,200 s.f.) and a major new building (76,200 s.f.). The project features the first double-skin curtainwall of its type in the U.S. (180’ long, 35’ high, 3’ deep with adjustable louvers), allowing for complete transparency while protecting from excessive heat gain, heat loss, and glare. The facade saves energy (50 % reduction compared to conventional curtainwall) & maximizes comfort at the reading spaces. The 3’ airspace opens in summer to keep heat from entering the building & closes in the winter to create an insulating “thermal blanket.” The Associate Architect is Ann Beha Architects.
Photography: © Robert Benson; © Chuck Choi