NADAAA selected to Reimagine Otis House

Posted on February 4th, 2022 by Nicole Sakr

Posted under: Press, Things We Like

NADAAA is thrilled to announce our collaboration with Historic New England in an exploration of the Otis House Complex. The complex is located in Boston’s West End and is comprised of a 226-year-old mansion designed by Charles Bulfinch and two connected row houses built c. 1840. The original house is a National Historic Landmark and serves as a house museum with the row houses offering support spaces.

historic B&W photo of a building in boston
Otis House in 1911. (Public Works Department photograph collection, Collection 5000.009, City of Boston Archives, Boston/Public Domain)

“We’re excited about NADAAA’s understanding of the context and potential of Otis House, how it could become an exciting, fully civic gateway visitor experience for Historic New England, and play a meaningful role in the vitality of the neighborhood.”

-Vin Cipolla, President and CEO of Historic New England

“Beyond its importance for Boston, Otis House represents something for New England more broadly as it embodies a piece of urban fabric in all its facets: its architecture, interiors, furniture, and artifacts all tell a story that extends the social importance of a dynamic community that is always in a state of transformation. The diversity that is embedded in the site is an important reminder of who we are today, how we interpret our history, and moreover, how we allow this special institution to tell new stories to future generations. We strongly believe that the combination of strategic planning, creative programming, and thoughtful transformations will bring a renewed sense of relevance to this historic jewel.”

-Nader Tehrani

Read Historic New England’s press release HERE and read Architect’s Newspaper article HERE.

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Body, Object, Enclosure

Posted on January 27th, 2022 by Nicole Sakr

Posted under: Academic, Press

“The morphological particularities of the body offer a productive clue via their engagement with architecture, if only that the interface between the human and its environment may begin with the body as a system of parts: the torso, limbs, digits or head all establish a special relationship with the built environment. With the hand as maybe one of the most dexterous instruments of intelligence, it is also the most prone to architectural engagement, not only in the tactility of surfaces around us, but in the mechanical protocols of hardware, instruments, and vessels that mediate between the human and its environment: doorknobs, pulls, flatware, cups, and many industrial design artifacts are the first registration of such encounters.”

Jonathon Anderson and Lois Weinthal’s new book Digital Fabrication in Interior Design: Body, Object, Enclosure has been released! The book includes an essay entitled “The Figure in Translation” by Nader Tehrani.

Available for order HERE.

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Blank Shots

Posted on January 24th, 2022 by Nicole Sakr

Posted under: Academic, Press

“Among the many tendencies that characterize design thinking, one stands out from a material perspective: in identifying a single medium through which to work, the architect is able to force invention from within a genre, and in doing so, to radicalize its ability to transform, evolve, and innovate. There is a seductive allure to the idea that one might entirely conceive of a project in cross-laminated timber”

Jennifer Bonner and Hanif Kara’s new book Blank: Speculations on CLT has been released and includes an essay entitled “Blank Shots: Monolithic Desires and Laminar Inevitabilities” by Nader Tehrani.

Purchase Blank HERE.

More on Bonner and Kara’s mass timber research HERE.

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Book talk for ‘My House is Better Than Your House’

Posted on October 1st, 2021 by Nicole Sakr

Posted under: Events, Press

Last night Pratt’s GAUD hosted an informal Pratt Parallels entitled From House to Icon on Governor’s Island. The discussion was moderated by David Erdman and Deborah Mesa and compared and contrasted Marcelo Spina’s new book Mute Icons with Nader’s new book My House is Better Than Your House.

Watch the talk HERE.

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Posted on September 28th, 2021 by Nader Tehrani

Posted under: Press

Our dear friend Carl d’Alvia’s tribute to Jackie Saccoccio, and Jackie’s last gift to Carl

Upstate Diary documents the life, love, and art shared by this couple, and in turn, the house they built together. In dialogue with Laurie Simmons, Carl speaks to the life they shared, the challenges of this project, and the friendships that survive. With love from all of us to Carl, Jackie, and Maddalena!

Read on HERE.

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PLAT in conversation with Nader Tehrani

Posted on September 10th, 2021 by Nicole Sakr

Posted under: Press

“Looking back, many came into pedagogy with the need for and presumption of certainty. Now there is the confidence to embrace uncertainty—not only as a reflection of our changing times but as a pedagogical imperative to allow us to speculate, improvise, and rethink questions entirely.”

Jimmy Bullis and Pouya Khadem interview Nader for Rice Architecture’s PLAT 9.5 on equality, social justice, curriculum reform, personal manifestos, confluence in design, and the innate opportunities of translating drawings into buildings.

“One of my main questions to the academic community revolves around what the architectural discipline specifically brings to the table and how might it form our agency in a larger public conversation, whether in the halls of power, governance, or policy? How do we bring our particular mode of analysis to shed light on the policies and decisions that are made for society? There is probably not a square inch in the United States that is not the result of a spatial policy that is architectural in some way or another.”

Read on HERE.

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HOLCIM Interviews Nader Tehrani

Posted on September 7th, 2021 by Nicole Sakr

Posted under: _Venice Biennale, Press

Nader was interviewed outside the Arsenale at the Veneta Porta Lignea for Holcim‘s Building Conversations series where he discusses NADAAA’s explorations of urban planning, housing, and hybrid material systems for the 2021 Venice Biennale.

Find more of Holcim’s interviews of ‘architects inspiring us’ HERE.

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The Adams Street Branch Library Opening!

Posted on August 2nd, 2021 by Nicole Sakr

Posted under: _Adams Branch Library, Events, Press

The new NADAAA-designed Adams Street Branch Library has opened in the Adams Village neighborhood of Boston. We are so pleased to see this project completed for the Dorchester community!

Mayor Kim Janey and leadership from the Boston Public Library spoke at the opening on Saturday:

I am thrilled that the new and improved Adams Street branch will once again provide an accessible, inclusive place for the Dorchester community to gather, learn, and grow. My local library played a huge part in my upbringing. Libraries like the Adams Street branch continue to bring joy and essential services to residents of all ages.

– Mayor Kim Janey

We’re thrilled and we hope the community will be, too. The old branch was much-loved, but this completely new building certainly raises the bar.

– David Leonard, President, Boston Public Library

Local press on the Adams Street Branch opening:

The exterior of the 13,450-square-foot building is striking, its sharp angles finished with glazed terra cotta panels and copper. Inside, the space is brightened by floor-to-ceiling windows that offer substantial views of the surrounding neighborhoods, a lovely rock garden, and beyond to the Blue Hills. Overhead, the undulating ceiling is accented with wood-beam baffles meant to mimic the peaks of the roofs on neighboring homes. 

– Bill Forey, Dorchester Reporter

New Adams Street library ‘raises the bar’, Dorchester Reporter

Editorial: A victory for libraries, Dorchester Reporter

Mayor Janey & Boston Public Library Announce Completion Of $18.3 Million Reconstruction And Reopening Of The Adam Street Branch, Patch

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Rock Creek in ‘Aalto to Eames’ Plywood Round-up

Posted on June 18th, 2021 by Nicole Sakr

Posted under: _Rock Creek House, Press

“The complex timber interior spans double-height spaces creating functional moments of genius throughout.”

Read on at Architizer HERE.

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Villa Varoise on gooood

Posted on June 17th, 2021 by Nicole Sakr

Posted under: _Villa Varoise, Press

Check it out HERE.

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