As the architects of record for The Center for Life Science | Boston, TK&A was consulted to provide interior design services for a street level lobby refresh and second floor cafe renovation, five years after occupancy. A primary project driver was to introduce more activity and engage building occupants through adding a variety of seating areas. In addition, decision-makers also wanted to integrate more color into the lobby to complement and enliven the clean architectural space. The interior design challenge was to blend existing materials and design language with a new intent. As the organization’s flagship property, this renovation and refresh effort presented an opportunity to create more street level visibility for the iconic research hub. The new design further articulates and reveals for tenants the underlying building design. As the original authors of the space, the design team was well-positioned to re-imagine new, defined spaces that work well within the existing lobby and café level contexts.
- New lounge seating, cafe table and high top areas provide a diversity of choices for interaction.
- A revolving door was added in the lobby, to create ease of entry and yield energy savings.
- Cost savings were achieved through reuse of existing cafe equipment and creatively repurposing materials.
- An all-glass, movable partition creates a storefront for the café, signaling its presence even during off-hours. This retail space is a natural extension of the building’s communal spaces.
- To engage the exterior curtain wall in the cafe zone without compromising structural integrity, the solution was to create a cohesive, unitized wall and ceiling system that wraps around both vertical and horizontal planes. It defines the café footprint and brings natural light into the space.