Adams Branch Library and Ca’bliconica receive 2019 SARA National Awards for Unbuilt Architecture

Posted on November 8th, 2019 by Nicole Sakr

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ADAMS WINS SARANY DESIGN AWARD OF HONOR

Posted on July 17th, 2019 by Dara Lin

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The Adams Street Branch Library has won a Design Award of Honor in the Unbuilt and Theoretical Projects category. Find it in the SARANY 2019 Journal HERE!

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ADAMS STREET BRANCH LIBRARY BREAKS GROUND

Posted on July 11th, 2019 by Dara Lin

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On July 10th the Adams Street Branch Library in Dorchester officially broke ground! Mayor Martin J. Walsh, along with the City’s Chief of Operations Patrick Brophy, Boston Public Library president David Leonard, and members of the community, including the Friends of the Adams Street Branch Library, gathered to celebrate the start of construction.

Mayor Walsh spoke to the undiminished importance of libraries in serving all members of the community and called the planned renovation “truly a library of the twenty-first century.”

NADAAA’s proposal for the Adams Street Branch Library renovation.

Boston Public Library President David Leonard commemorates the occasion.

Key team members, from left to right: Mayor Martin J. Walsh, BPL Major Projects Coordinator Lissa Schwab, NADAAA Project Architect Amin Tadj, BPL Major Projects Program Manager Alison Ford, PFD Project Manager Jim McGaffigan, NADAAA Project Manager Michael Schanbacher, PFD Assistant Director Tom Leahy, PFD Assistant Director for Design Paul Donnelly, and Mayor’s Office Chief of Operations Pat Brophy.

Pint-sized library-goers take part in the ground-breaking.

Read more about the renovation and Mayor Walsh’s plan to improve the Boston branch libraries HERE.

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JOIN US FOR THE ADAMS BRANCH GROUND-BREAKING

Posted on July 8th, 2019 by Dara Lin

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The Adams Branch Library officially breaks ground on Wednesday, July 10th! NADAAA, alongside Mayor Martin J. Walsh, the Boston Public Library, and the Boston Public Facilities Department are excited to celebrate the start of construction on the new library in Dorchester.

Join us at 690 Adams Street in Dorchester at 5:30 pm for the ceremony, followed by a community celebration featuring the Choco-leles, who will lead a ukulele sing-along. Learn more about the the project development HERE.

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Adams Branch Library Preview!

Posted on April 1st, 2019 by Nicole Sakr

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NADAAA is working with the Boston Public Library and the Public Facilities Department to design a replacement for the Adams Street library branch in Dorchester.  Construction will begin this summer!

The neighborhood scale is largely residential with mature trees and inviting sidewalks.  The new building picks up on the scale of the surrounding houses, colorful Victorian painted clapboards, and a busy main street that connects Hemenway Park to Gallivan Boulevard.

The new program is twice the size of the previous branch, and the generous three-sided site allows for a single-story building, maintaining porous connections to the street and improving the accessible approach. While Adams Street serves as the Library’s front door, there are prominent elevations on Oakton Avenue to the north and Delmont Street to the south. A single pitch monumentalizes the façade on Adams Street, while a breakdown of peaked roofs creates a diminutive scale more appropriate for the side streets.

The folded roof is composed of a series of ruled surfaces, the result of a simple series of striated beams running east/west.  Pitches point toward rain gardens, both along the eastern property edge and within a court of native plants at the south. 

Effectively a mat building, a southern ‘cut’ brings light and air deep into the core of the footprint. On the north, a Reading Garden will pay homage to a space cultivated and maintained by the Library’s Friends, respecting a grand Pin Oak that will continue to dominate the corner of Oakton and Adams, as well as become a visual focal point for the Library’s interior.

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