Renovations of Building 9 – one of a 9 building block in the heart of Kenmore Square in order to create fit-out-ready spaces for office, restaurant and retail use.
Two older buildings bookend a collection of 7 buildings – one of which carries Kenmore Square’s iconic Citgo sign – that will be reconfigured, replaced, and integrated into one new building. The renovations of the two outer buildings sought to retain some of the Square’s iconic 1800s feel while modernizing and reviving the buildings to attract a new caliber of tenants.
Building 9 is a 6-story building located on a corner, with two facades facing the street. The renovation will re-envision the ground level pedestrian and building entry experience, continue the refreshed design throughout the upper floor common spaces, and culminate in newly designed office tenant space, offering expansive views of the Charles River. Renovations include common space upgrades, the design of prototypical commercial office space, and fit-out for a restaurant pub at the street level with associated building and tenant branding.
The narrow entry and hallway will be expanded, bringing more natural light into the space. An elegant wood wall and ceiling element traces the circulation path, drawing people from the entry through the lobby to the elevators. The programming and design of the new expanded lobby creates a bright, modern gathering place for building tenants, increasing visibility from the outside and activating the streetscape at night.