Kennard Architects
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Artists for Humanity



artists for humanity

Boston, MA

Program: studio spaces for a youth oriented non-profit arts organization, shared ‘makers’ fabrication facilities, event spaces, café, retail and administration offices.

Design Approach: Provide a facility that will be flexible, engage community, reduce operation/maintenance costs and rise as a symbol of the organization. The creative youth will be engaged throughout all stages of the expansion, learning from intimate exposure to architecture, engineering and construction.

Promoting a green-organization, not just a green-building. 



87,000 SF
Located in a Dense Urban Area Close to Public Transportation 

Employed Annually

FACT 118
A dime has 118 ridges around the edge



Our design proposal holds sustainability as the primary goal; which necessarily encompasses youth integration, community engagement, budget control, and reducing the timeline for design and construction.



Much of the glazing is placed on the Northern facade and above the Atrium to deliver diffused light throughout the interior spaces.
Clerestory windows and light-trays provide the studios with natural illumination and expansive wall space for work production.




The roofscape is stepped to provide an upper level for a Solar Array to supplement the buildings electrical needs and a Water Recovery system to irrigate the Green Roof event space. 


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