MIT Site 4: “The Elegant Balance of Form and Technology”

Posted on March 14th, 2022 by Nicole Sakr

Posted under: _MIT Site 4, Press

“The tower’s distinctive appearance stems from a brilliant combination of technical know-how to meet the structural requirements and ingenious artistic flair.” Read more from Luca Maria Francesco Fabris (including his comparison of Site 4 to a mochaccino!) in the current issue of The Plan HERE.

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Architectural Record: Adams Street Branch Library

Posted on March 7th, 2022 by Nicole Sakr

Posted under: _Adams Branch Library, Press

Mark Lamster writes for Architectural Record: ‘The new Adams Street Branch of the Boston Public Library, which opened last summer in the working-class municipality of Dorchester, is pleasing (if a bit of an odd duck), a work of inventive geometries that fits neatly into its low-rise context. The library’s quirky form was the product of a lengthy community-design process, one that forced the architects, Boston-based NADAAA, to rethink its original proposal for the building. The stumbling block was a large oak tree at the north end of the site, which runs along Adams Street, Dorchester’s primary commercial strip. The Boston Public Library wanted it removed, to create a tabula rasa for the new building, and the architects followed that directive. The community, however, desired the tree to stay put, and made that clear in no uncertain terms. In turn, NADAAA founding principal, Nader Tehrani, embraced this “productive friction,” as he calls it, redrawing the plan with the tree as a focal point.’

Read on HERE.

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‘My House is Better than Your House’ is out!

Posted on March 3rd, 2022 by Nicole Sakr

Posted under: _Villa Varoise, Press, Things We Like

NADAAA is happy to announce that ‘My House is Better than Your House’ has been released by ORO Editions. A special thanks goes to all who helped make this book happen!

‘The house is commonly used as a vehicle to get at larger architectural debates. Such is the case in this book, with a dialogue between Nader Tehrani and Preston Scott Cohen whose collaboration in academia has often resulted in two very different approaches to pedagogy. In this discussion, Tehrani draws from central themes within Cohen’s pedagogy to design a house as a response to the preoccupations that drive many of these debates. Adopting Villa Varoise as the main protagonist, the book draws on many architectures to situate the predicaments behind geometry, typology, and the architectural anomaly, among other things, as productive instruments for a broader cultural discussion on architecture.’

Purchase your copy HERE. For a limited time, the book is available at 20% off HERE.

Read Stella Betts’s book review HERE.

And watch the original ‘My House is Better than Your House’ talk between Preston Scott Cohen and Nader Tehrani HERE.

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NADAAA to Renovate the Met Museum’s ANEC Galleries

Posted on February 9th, 2022 by Nicole Sakr

Posted under: _The Met, Press, Things We Like

Rendering by NADAAA, courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art

NADAAA is pleased to announce our work with The Metropolitan Museum of Art to redesign their Ancient Near East and Cypriot galleries. NADAAA is working in collaboration with Moody Nolan on the $40 million, 15,000 square foot project. Our team is working closely with Museum construction leadership and curators Kim Benzel and Seán Hemingway to develop the design.

“At The Met, architecture serves as the cultural armature for the display of art. Nader Tehrani and NADAAA’s contemporary approach to materials such as clay and metal—which are foundational to the world views of both ancient West Asia and Cyprus—and their partnership with Moody Nolan, a firm renowned for their work with peer institutions and marginalized communities, make this team ideally suited for this complex project.”

-Jhaelen Hernandez-Eli, Head of Construction at The Met

“It’s an honor to be selected for this project, which will address the need for more diverse narratives in the displays of art from the Ancient Near East and Mediterranean regions. In bringing disparate layers of the Museum’s architectural history into dialogue, the proposed design hopes to bring the formal, spatial, and material properties of these galleries into alignment with The Museum’s mission. By working in collaboration with The Met’s curatorial and construction teams, we’ll be able to recondition these spaces while facilitating the connection between cultures, civilizations, and geographies to tell a whole new story.”

-Nader Tehrani

Read The Met’s Press Release HERE.

Read the New York Times article about the project HERE.

Read Architect’s Newspaper piece HERE.

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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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MIT Site 4 wins BSA Award for Design Excellence

Posted on January 29th, 2022 by Nicole Sakr

Posted under: _MIT Site 4, Awards

“There is a clarity of intention and care in execution that one does not typically see in buildings of this scale, along with an extremely high level of technical skill.” Read more of the jury comments 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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Nader will lecture Wednesday at UPENN

Posted on January 24th, 2022 by Nicole Sakr

Posted under: Lectures

Nader will give his Timely Anachronisms lecture, in person(!) on Wednesay January 26th at 6:30pm in Meyerson Hall’s Plaza Gallery at 210 South 34th Street, Philadelphia.

Register 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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Context, Interpretation, Design

Posted on January 21st, 2022 by Nicole Sakr

Posted under: Lectures

Streamed Live Today: Nader Tehrani and Yaser Mousapour in Farsi and English, watch HERE.

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