This project is notable as much for what it subtracts as by what it adds. Upon leasing their Boston office space in 2021, Novak Francella inherited a cramped, windowless two-room reception. Combining these two rooms was the obvious first step to give this prominent accounting firm a more elegant and welcoming reception space.
The design goes several steps further. Along the corridor, we replaced drywall and a hollow metal door with an all-glass entrance system, extending the sense of space into the corridor and giving the tenant visual prominence from the elevator. Within the existing reception, we removed the carpet that had been installed over hardwood flooring and patched a section of flooring that had been infilled with plywood. Now, the restored continuity of floor finishes reinforces the visual and spatial extension of the space. We also removed existing plaster ceilings to expose the building’s concrete rib structure. Given a shallow floor-to-floor height of 11 feet, this simple move dramatically enhances the perceived height of the room. And we stripped away a tangle of surface-mounted conduits and outlets, giving the new space a much cleaner and more intentional look.
Novak Francella Reception Renovation
Clients: Ladies’ Garment Worker’s Center, Inc. (owner) and Novak Francella LLC (tenant)
Location: Boston, Massachusetts (U.S.A.)
Renovation Area: 280 SF
Services: Architecture, Interior Design, Lighting Design, Furniture Selection, Custom Furniture
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