Boston Common Mid-Rise

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This large top floor mid-rise apartment counts chief among its virtues a 60’ long panoramic view of Boston Common, the State House and Back Bay, and then, if that weren’t enough a dramatic rear window-scape onto the lights of Boston’s newly re-energized theater district. The existing floor plan divided the views into a confused warren of disorganized rooms, with too many narrow dark hallways connecting them. Ruhl Walker Architects designed a fully-reorganized floor plan, moving the kitchen and gathering spaces to capture light and views more fully, adding two fireplaces, with newly designed bathrooms, storage areas and spaces for the display of art and memorabilia. The building’s low ceilings were rationalized to create lighted trays that correspond to room function and furniture placement, with a dramatic modern light fixture suspended under a redesigned skylight marking the main cross-roads of the new apartment. Finishes include soft brown oak flooring, a flecked grey schist stone for fireplaces, rift-sawn walnut for fully paneled walls (and concealed doors) and sumptuous matte travertine tile to show off clean white fittings in the master bath. Photography: Eric Roth Photography

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Ruhl Walker Architects For over 20 years we have committed ourselves to creating architecture of all types and sizes for clients not only throughout New England but as far afield as Hawai’i and St. Croix in the USVI. Natural materials, expressive forms, and meticulous attention to light and views have been at the core of our practice and are manifest in our projects regardless of their context. Common to our design process is a commitment to clear and open communication, the careful management of resources, and a fundamental belief that innovative and coherent design is a joyous and essential component of the human experience. With each project we strive to demonstrate that inventive and elegant design is achievable, even within strict economic parameters, by respectfully listening and responding to the client’s needs and desires, thoroughly understanding the nature of materials and methods of construction, and carefully managing the design and construction processes. As part of our client-focused process we use a diverse set of design tools custom tailored to each client − from simple hand sketches to elaborate computer animations and rendered models − to ensure the spatial quality and experience of each project is thoroughly understood throughout the design process. Initiating a construction project can be a daunting prospect, but we pride ourselves on being there for our clients at every step of the way, from helping to identify goals at the beginning of the project, to turning over the keys at the end of construction. We look forward to bringing the joy and excitement of innovative and coherent modern design to your project.
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