Project references


  • Location: Massachusetts, USA
  • Year: 1998-2001
  • Client: The Boston Public Library/City of Boston
  • Architect: Machado and Silvetti Associates
  • Awards: International Award for Architecture in Stone, 2005
  • Photo: Michael Moran/ Stephen Lee

Boston Public Library

The Boston Public Library (Honan-Allston Branch) is a single story 20,000 square foot building along a prominent neighborhood street. The building addresses issues that are important to the Boston Public Library, including maximum visual control within the library, a reading garden that serves as many spaces as possible, off-hours access for community use, and a prominent reading room on the front of the building.

The warm material palette includes Otta rust façade panels, Vermont slate shingles and rough sculpings, unfinished Jarrah cladding, and wood windows. These materials were chosen not only because they minimize maintenance demands, but also because they acquire a beautiful patina with age. On the interior, the floors are a combination of hardwood and cork that share the same warm tones of the exterior materials. Both inside and out, this palette balances the building’s urbanity with an informality appropriate to the library’s community-oriented function.

The Library won the 9th International Award for Architecture in Stone in 2005.

Material deliverance:

2000 m² Otta rust facade panels 30 x 60 cm, 40 x 60 cm, t: 20 mm.