sgi new england
Location: Brookline, MA
Scope: Full Renovation
Size: 37,300 SF
Landscape Architect: Halvorson Design Partnership
An existing art institute in Brookline, MA, this building is proposed to be the new Boston cultural enter for the religious institution of Soka Gakkai International. The proposal includes the assessment and renovation of an existing facility which will house office space, conference rooms, meditation rooms, and an outdoor landscaping element. Located along a highly trafficked street, an intervention of a wood wall and screening system transform the existing facade into an interactive and dynamic street-front landmark. A pallet of light tones, painted brick, and articulated greenery create an accepting atmosphere that reflects the ideals of and identity of SGI. The motif of wood and light carries through the entry and into a re-invented atrium space where an articulation of skylights work into a double height space highlighting a connection to the main worship space and additional program beyond.
2017 Faith and Form Award - The Interfaith Journal on Religion, Art, and Architecture
2016 international Design Award - Renovation, Silver