2022

Harvard University District Energy Facility, Longlist for the Dezeen Awards 2022
Dezeen Awards Longlist for Architectural Lighting

“Dezeen Awards is our annual awards programme, now in its fifth year. It identifies the world’s best architecture, interiors and design, as well as the studios and the individual architects and designers producing the most outstanding work.

Organised by Dezeen, the world’s most popular and influential architecture and design website, Dezeen Awards is the benchmark for international design excellence and the ultimate accolade for architects and designers everywhere.

Leers Weinzapfel has created a lighting scheme for a utility system building at Harvard University.

This District Energy Facility embodies a state-of-the-art, sustainable utility generation system for Harvard University’s expanding Allston campus, providing reliable heating, cooling, and electricity.

Occupying a former railyard, the DEF will soon be surrounded by science/engineering related development, and midrise residences. Technology is put on display day and evening by lighting the vibrant colour-coded equipment and spaces from within: the exterior aluminium fins forming a wrapper around the building’s cubic shape are gently top-lit to maintain their bold form, while a large cylindrical exterior tank is also gently lit, with pre-set colour options for celebrating community events.” – Dezeen Awards

https://www.dezeen.com/awards/2022/longlists/harvard-university-district-energy-facility/

“Leers Weinzapfel Associates Renovates a Space Age Library in Boston”
Metropolis features Boston Public Library Roslindale Branch

“It’s the only Boston library branch that’s semicircular and the only one with a dome,” says Tom Chung, LWA principal in charge of the project. “We were told the outside was off limits; that’s how much the public really treasures the library.” It also works on an urban level, Chung continues, by hugging a curved street at the neighborhood’s epicenter, right across from its town green. The most substantial exterior intervention was the addition of an exterior patio, which follows the curve of the building. – Metropolis

Read Metropolis Feature here: https://metropolismag.com/projects/leers-weinzapfel-associates-roslindale-library/

Principal Tom Chung Key Speaker in The Architect’s Newspaper Timbercon
"Reducing Embodied Carbon through Mass Timber"

“TimberCon 2022, hosted by The Architect’s Newspaper in partnership with the Mass Timber Institute, will foreground exemplary timber projects across North America; identify best-case practices for their assembly; and spotlight emerging technologies within this exciting field. This one day virtual event that shows off the most exciting mass timber projects and technological advancements and includes panels ranging from mass timber’s new heights to timber’s role in net zero carbon goals.” – AN’

Join Principal Tom Chung FAIA, LEED AP, BD+C as a key speaker in The Architect’s Newspaper Timbercon 2022 “Reducing Embodied Carbon through Mass Timber”. This conference will feature exemplary North American timber projects, taking place virtually, September 28th.

Learn more and register: https://timbercon.archpaper.com/

“Boston’s Roslindale Branch Library Transforms for the Digital Age”
Building Enclosure Magazine features Boston Public Library Roslindale Branch

A complete renovation of Boston’s Roslindale Branch Library transforms a 1960s building into a neighborhood hub for the digital age with community learning and gathering. Following the geometry of the original building, the open reading space for adults, teens, and children is welcoming, accessible, and “Free To All.” While much of the exterior of the original building remains, a new entry highlighted by a canopy and colorful terracotta baguettes, symbolic of Roslindale’s diverse community, provides universal access. An intimate reading garden is a place of respite in the busy urban setting.

Building Enclosure Magazine features Boston Public Library Roslindale Branch. Read article here: https://t.co/KA8mJd9pD4

Harvard District Energy Facility and Woodland Wonders Nature Preschool Shortlisted for 2022 WAN Awards

“The World Architecture News Awards brings together the most senior and influential professionals from across Architecture to recognise and celebrate excellence. The Awards shine a spotlight on the standout architectural projects and the amazing people and teams behind them.”- WAN

For the 2022 Awards, we have been shortlisted for two of our projects. The Harvard University District Energy Facility has been shortlisted for Urban Landscape. The Auburn University, School of Forestry & Wildlife Sciences, Woodland Wonders Preschool was shortlisted for Future Education.

Learn more about Harvard University District Energy Facility: https://www.lwa-architects.com/project/harvard-university-district-energy-facility/

Learn more about Woodland Wonders Nature Preschool: https://www.lwa-architects.com/project/kreher-preserve-nature-center-preschool/

See WAN Shortlist page: https://www.wanawards.com/shortlist-2022

 

Leers Weinzapfel Associates Celebrates 40 Years as an Architecture Firm

Today is a very special day at Leers Weinzapfel Associates – We are celebrating 40 years as an architecture firm!

Founded in 1982, our practice has had two fundamental goals since it’s inception: to create bold and refined architecture for the public realm and to create a collaborative workplace inclusive of the diverse voices and talents of our colleagues. Learn more about the history of LWA: https://www.lwa-architects.com/commitment/

Happy 40th Birthday Leers Weinzapfel Associates!

Community Benefits – Boston Public Library Roslindale Branch
How a 60 year old branch library becomes a community resource

Leers Weinzapfel Associates has completely renovated the Boston Public Library’s Roslindale Branch Library for 21st century use, while respecting and restoring its signature design elements.  A spirited example of mid-century modernism, the library’s unique circular domed space and semi-circular form were the springboard for its re-invention.  A new entry façade provides accessibility and shelter marked by a colorful pattern of multi-colored terra cotta baguettes which echo the diversity of the neighborhood and the book resources within.  An intimate and protected reading garden occupies the small space between the curved volume and the busy street.  Inside the library, a semi-circular open reading space provides greater overall visibility, and a new “reading maze” housing children’s books, peaks young visitors’ curiosity. As both a “community living room” and an “information hub”, this restoration serves as a vibrant piece of the city, restoring the old structure and celebrating the new.

 “Our branch libraries are neighborhood treasures—as hubs of learning and community,” said Boston Mayor Michelle Wu at the library’s opening. “The Roslindale branch library renovation is a true reflection of our community…our families have this space to meet, read, learn, and play once more.” 

 

Learn more: https://mailchi.mp/c1cfb289c7dd/communityimpact?e=ce335e7179

LWA Hosts Summer High School Internship Program for Neighborhood Youth

In partnership with the Mayor’s Summer Jobs Program we hired 2 Boston Public School students who are interested in pursuing a career in Architecture. The program is organized by the Boston PIC (Private Industry Council), who connect BIPOC students with local businesses in the design and construction industry. In our 7-week paid internship, the students are introduced to the fundamentals of architecture, exposed to various professional and academic paths possible within the architecture field, as well as the general professional development skills necessary for starting down their own path. Our internship allows these students to build up their own portfolio through independent design exercises, and to contribute to real projects by joining various design team discussions in the office. We recently visited the Boston Public Library – Roslindale Branch and used the project as a learning tool for the internship. For many years we have supported other summer programs each year for BPS high school students and other public high school students to gain exposure to architecture; one graduated from college as an artist, and another will graduate with a professional degree in architecture next year.

2022 DNA Paris Awards

DNA Paris Awards are a platform that showcases the best and brightest with their annual design contest and award. Their mission is to discover and celebrate fresh and creative designs from all around the world in Architecture, Interior, Landscape, Product, and Graphic Design.

Ohio University Chilled Water Plant #3 has won a 2022 DNA Paris Award in Infrastructure & Transportation category and Boston Public Library, Roslindale Branch has received Honorable Mention in the Refurbishment category.

 

See press release for Ohio University Chilled Water Plant #3 here: https://dna.paris/winner/zoom.php?eid=71-88751-22

Learn more about Ohio University Chilled Water Plant #3: https://www.lwa-architects.com/project/ohio-university-chilled-water-plant-3/

 

See press release for BPL Roslindale Branch here: https://dna.paris/winner/zoom.php?eid=71-88800-22

Learn more about BPL Roslindale Branch here: https://www.lwa-architects.com/project/roslindale-library/

World Architecture Festival Shortlists Harvard DEF and Jumping Fish Energy Park
Harvard University District Energy Facility and Jumping Fish Ecological Energy Park each have been shortlisted for the World Architecture Festival (WAF) Awards.

The new 56,000 sf District Energy Facility (DEF) sets the stage for a state-of-the-art, cost effective, and sustainable utility generation and distribution system for Harvard’s Allston campus that also makes a significant contribution to the urban design of the campus.

The building’s compact cubic form with rounded corners allows for maximum flexibility of future development around it while maintaining a singular bold and refined presence. A wrapper of anodized aluminum metal fins forms a screen around the facility, with petal-like elements set at varying degrees of openness to reveal or conceal the various equipment areas within. The exterior fins are most open at the structure’s corner entry, and most closed on its service sides. On the public faces of the building, the fins are raised to engage the community through technology on display.

See press release for Harvard District Energy Facility here: https://www.worldbuildingsdirectory.com/entries/harvard-university-district-energy-facility/

 

On the southwest coast, Kaohsiung, Taiwan must expand its power plant to enable replacement of nuclear power on the island. The site for the new Regional Power Plant and Ecological Park is in an area below sea level within a system of dikes. It is set within a surrounding watery seaside wetlands landscape primarily devoted to fish-farming in a context that is relentlessly flat. The site design for the Ecological Energy Park aims to unite natural and industrial scale systems by providing a variety of spaces and programs for visitors to enjoy while also creating critical habitat for native flora and fauna.

See press release for Jumping Fish Ecological Energy Park here: https://www.worldbuildingsdirectory.com/entries/jumping-fish-ecological-energy-park/