The new Boston Data Sciences building makes a dynamic urban place that is a crossroads and a beacon for Boston University’s central campus. The design maximizes opportunities for mixing, interaction and interconnectivity. The building serves as a platform for innovation formatted as a vertical campus. Every element is integrated to establish Data Sciences as Boston University’s new iconic heart.
The site and context – a wide gap between the contiguous buildings of different generations, varying rhythms and relative solidity along Commonwealth Avenue – sparked a solution that stands apart from and alongside the existing urban fabric and anticipates the Phase 2 building.
The podium is extended to occupy the entire width of the site to complete the streetscape and generate maximum ground floor animation on Commonwealth Avenue. Highly transparent and porous, it functions as an urban porch for arrival, study and gathering. Inside, it accommodates the larger programmatic volumes such as classrooms and offers a series of zones for interaction: the Café, the Cascading Stair, the Street Studio and the Fireplace Lounge.