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GrubStreet Arts Center
by Merge Architects

GrubStreet Arts Center by Merge Architects
Photo by Jane Messinger

Merge Architects has the developed the GrubStreet Arts Center in Boston, United States.

GrubStreet, a creative writing non-profit, worked with Merge to create its Narrative Arts Center in Boston's Seaport.

The 13,000-square-foot fit-out, within a waterfront housing development, integrates a cafe, bookstore and event space, as well as classrooms, podcast studios and offices on its second level.

Although the largest literary centre in the U.S., space limitations (and a large book inventory) necessitated flexibility in public spaces, where shelves and stages both spin and slide about to accommodate presentations.

On the floor above, focused workspaces are offset by collaboration booths and cosy nooks within a 'social spine'.

This project has been longlisted in the retail interior (large) category of Dezeen Awards 2023.

Studio: Merge Architects
Project: GrubStreet Arts Center
Credits: RSE Associates, Buro Happold, Pieszak Lighting Design and Code Red Consultants

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