Design award for the Burke

Architectural record recently named the renovated Jeremiah E. Burke High School in Dorchester one of its “Schools of the 21st Century,” singling out the artful way the architects – Boston-based Schwartz/Silver – combined the original Art Deco building with an addition that includes a gym lit by expanses of glass, a public library, and a community center.

In the addition, a basketball court sits on the top floor, isolated from the lower levels by two concrete floor slabs, one of them on sound-deadening springs. The public library branch and a community “living room” occupy the first floor, and sandwiched in between is the school library. When the school day ends, that library opens to the community. The first two levels are linked by a long run of open stairs, accented with red laminated glass affixed to the railings.

Posted in Publications 7 years, 5 months ago at 10:59 pm.

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