Boston Public Library
East Boston Branch Library

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Project

East Boston Branch Library

Client

Boston Public Library

Location

Boston, MA

Completion

2013

Size

14,800 GSF

Certification

LEED Gold Certified

Category

Civic Realm

Overlooking the Bremen Street Park, the new East Boston Branch of the Boston Public Library serves the entire East Boston community, one of Boston’s fastest-growing and most diverse neighborhoods. The project includes an open-plan community reading room with views of the park and the Boston skyline, dedicated areas for adults, children & teens, a quiet reading room, a conference room and community space for multipurpose programs. A Reading Porch runs the length of the building along the park, providing outdoor space for reading, congregating, and using the wireless internet network. Flexibility and a focus on early literacy programming define this compact, technologically advanced branch library.

The East Boston Library has exceeded my admittedly high standard for a branch that is functional, beautiful, and welcoming to people from all over the world and of all ages.

Amy Ryan, Former President, Boston Public Library

A COMMUNITY-BASED DESIGN PROCESS

The design of many of our library projects are the result of a direct and sustained conversation with residents of surrounding neighborhoods for whom a library visit is often multi-generational. At the East Boston Branch of the Boston Public Library, families wanted to be able to see each other rather than have children, teens, parents and grandparents in different spaces. Thus, the East Boston library transforms the conventional library organization into a single environment with zones - a place of togetherness.

Awards + Press

2015 BSA Harleston Parker People’s Choice Award

Four-Time BSA Harleston Parker Medal Finalist (2014-2016, 2018)

2018 BSA Interior Architecture / Interior Design Citation Award

2017 AIA New England Design Merit Award

2017 AIA / ALA Library Building Award

2016 Chicago Athenaeum American Architecture Award

Architectural Record, “Narrative Arc,” March 2015

Boston Sunday Globe, “Library without walls,” Robert Campbell, March 2014

Modern Steel Construction, “Reading Between the Lines,” July 2013

Project Consultants

Structural Engineer | LeMessurier Consultants, Inc.

Mechanical / Electrical Engineer | Cosentini Associates, Inc.

Civil Engineer | Stantec

Landscape Architect | Landworks Studio, Inc.

Interior Designer | Lab [3.2] Architecture

Lighting Consultant | Horton Lees Brogden Lighting Design

Acoustical Engineer | Acentech Inc.

Photographer | Robert Benson