2021

Roxbury Branch of the Boston Public Library Renovation
by Utile

Anton Grassl

The Roxbury Branch of the Boston Public Library is located in Nubian Square, the heart of Boston's historic Black community.

Designed in 1978 by Kallmann and McKinnell Architects, it was conceived of as an introvert in the Brutalist style.

This 2,500 square metre renovation includes a revitalized community room with state-of-the-art audiovisual technology, new lighting, and large windows overlooking a new entrance and plaza.

New programs include a technology teaching lab, a nutrition lab featuring a full kitchen, and a dedicated, prominently located African American collection. Expanded computer stations and laptop availability provide access to technology throughout the library.


This project has been longlisted in the civic and cultural interior category of Dezeen Awards 2021.

Designer: Utile
Project: Roxbury Branch of the Boston Public Library Renovation

Sponsors

  • Dezeen Awards 2021 sponsor Longboard
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  • Norse Projects
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  • Dezeen Awards 2021 sponsor Tom Dixon
  • Kvadrat

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