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401 Park Repositioning

CompanyElkus Manfredi Architects
Lead DesignersDavid P. Manfredi, FAIA, LEED AP
Design TeamStructural: McNamara Salvia | MEP: WSP Flack & Kurtz | Lighting: HDLC | Civil: VHB | Contractor: Suffolk | Landscape: LeBlanc Jones | LEED: The Green
Project LocationBoston, Massachusetts
ClientSamuels & Associates
CreditsPhotography: Robert Benson & Connie Zhou
Prize(s)Silver in Architecture Categories / Renovation
Entry Description

Opened in 1928 as a 1M-sf Sears, Roebuck, & Co. distribution center, the reinvented 401 Park is now a work/play hub linking Boston’s Fenway and Longwood Medical neighborhoods. Elkus Manfredi Architects stripped interiors back to their structural bones to create a magnificent two-story atrium and the 25,000-sf food hall, featuring massive windows that open to outdoor seating and a new public park. Custom railings with Boston-related terms and a robust art program, including Sears-related objet d’arts that pays homage to the building’s history, add to the now vibrant public realm.

Bio

Elkus Manfredi Architects creates dynamic, connected, sustainable places and environments that foster community, from workplace to urban neighborhoods. The firm provides a synergistic combination of services that includes architecture, interior architecture, workplace strategy, employee engagement and change management, master planning, and urban design. With a 30+ year legacy of design distinction, the firm is recognized for its work with corporate, life sciences, workplace, higher education, hospitality, residential, and retail-entertainment clients.