The new Tiverton Public Library officially opened in June 2015, and features vibrant community spaces that are full of life and activity, while also offering dedicated sanctuaries for quiet, individual work.Read More
Brown University's continuing growth has produced the Perry and Marty Granoff Center for the Creative Arts which was completed this past winter. Malcolm Grear Designers developed the signs and donor recognition system for the building.Read More
The recently completed renovation of Faunce House features the creation of the Stephen Robert '62 Campus Center. One of the most visible improvements to the building is the renovation of Faunce Arch, one of the busiest portals into Brown's spacious Main Green. In accordance with the architects' (Schwartz/Silver Architects) vision, the arch's brick walls have been replaced with tall glass surfaces, transforming this formerly dark passage into a clean, bright, and active entrance to the Campus Center. The use of glass and light also provide greater visibility in and out of the Welcome Center.
An integral part of the renovation was Malcolm Grear Designers' treatment of the signs and donor recognition. Most noticeable among the signs is their interpretation of the University's brand, rendered in large, truncated, letterforms "BROWN" reversed against a red background. These are integrated into the east side of the arch along with a new campus map and directory. The result is a warm and welcoming visual statement that greets pedestrians approaching the arch from either direction.
The project's donors are recognized through a system of beautiful red and black slate plaques which name several of the Center's prominent spaces such as the Leung Family Gallery, Petteruti Lounge, and Kasper Multipurpose Room. Read more about the Faunce House renovation in the current issue of the Brown Alumni Magazine.
View more images of the Campus Center.
This Wednesday the much anticipated new building for the Rhode Island Division of Motor Vehicles will be open to the public. Formally the home for the Department of Human Services, the new DMV site will be located in the Aime J. Forand Building in Cranston. The 70,000 square foot headquarters will replace the previous and "temporary" DMV that was located in Pawtucket. The new DMV has twenty-eight license and registration counters, a cafe, and provides generous open spaces.
The Aime J. Forand Building was repurposed and renovated by Lerner, Ladds + Bartels Architects and Dimeo Construction. Malcolm Grear Designers developed the exterior and interior wayfinding system for the building.
Have a look at the sights and sounds of more than 700 recently admitted students at Brown University. The audio slideshow includes a photo (at 00:46 sec) of a student relaxing in front of the Building Brown construction fence scrim.
The collage of campus architecture is a well-recognized part of the Building Brown brand developed by Malcolm Grear Designers for the University's Campaign for Academic Enrichment. The Building Brown scrim and wayfinding sign system provides a pedestrian-friendly and uniform look to the numerous construction and renovation projects at Brown.
Photography by Scott Kingsley.
Bryant University continues to grow and expand. Today, the latest building addition, the Interfaith Center, will be presented in a dedication ceremony led by President Ronald K. Machtley. Machtley states that “the Center completes the ring of facilities, which encircles our campus core. This arc now includes key spaces dedicated to mind, body, and spirit.” Not affliated with any religion, Bryant University wanted a facility that would be open to all religions and denominations. The Interfaith Center will be an inviting and inspirational place for all students to practice their faith. The Center features a large chapel that can seat 200 and an adjacent reflection sanctuary provided for smaller groups or personal use. The 10,000 square feet facility was designed by Gwathmey Siegel & Associates Architects.
The wood paneled main chapel features a ceiling to floor water wall designed to provide further reflection. Curved windows within the arched ceiling allow sunlight to illuminate the chapel. For more details, be sure to read the Providence Journal's article about the building and dedication.
Malcolm Grear Designers designed the interior and exterior sign system including the inspirational texts in English, Greek, Hebrew, Latin, Arabic, and Sanskrit which encircle the chapel's barrel vaulted ceiling.
Architectural Record has included the Nulman Lewis Student Center in its "Building Type Studies" section of the July 2009 issue.
The Wheeler School, a private co-ed K-12 grade school in Providence, Rhode Island, recently unveiled the newest addition to its campus, the Nulman Lewis Student Center. Designed by Boston-based Ann Beha Architects, the student center is now a central focal point of the campus as it has been designated the preferred drop-off and pick-up site for the students. Built on a quiet side street, the building's front provides ample room to spot arriving parents.
Responding to the desires of creating an efficient green building, the architects shaded the student center's interior and exterior be extending the curtain wall's aluminum "ribs." The operable windows are fitted with glass designed to cool the interior and yet provide maximum outside visibility. In addition, an insulating green roof provides further reduction in heating and cooling costs.
Occupying a site once devoted to the school's garbage dumpsters, the building now provides a link between the middle school and the once isolated offices. Set in Providence's historic East Side, a neighborhood filled with brownstones and ivy covered houses, the building's modern, modest design of concrete, exposed glass, and aluminum has received few opposition as the design provides a perfect complimentary link between the old and new architectural styles.
Be sure to read Martina Windels’ article titled "Wheeler’s Lovely New Building" in the Providence Journal.
See The Wheeler School's site for more information and videos about the new building.
Malcolm Grear Designers designed the signs for the building as well as The Wheeler School’s visual identity and branding program and campus sign system.
Be sure to read Martina Windels' article Wheeler's lovely new building in Sunday's Providence Journal (read article). "The Wheeler School is to be commended for being bold and showing us that well-designed and beautifully executed contemporary architecture can, not only peacefully co-exist with, but enhance existing buildings...," writes Martina, and we couldn't agree with her more.
Malcolm Grear Designers designed the signs for the building as well as The Wheeler School's visual identity and branding program and campus sign system.
See Wheeler's site for more information and videos about the new building.
After a period of slow sales, Brown's bookstore decided to make a drastic change. Other university bookstore's have been bought out by chain store corporations such as Borders and Barnes and Nobles. But Brown students and staff members fought this notion, and won.
Bookstore employees traveled to other stores around the country and came back with fresh ideas about how to make the store more appealing. Now, along with a wide selection of books, textbooks, apparel and school paraphernalia, the new store features a computer center, dorm furnishings, and a café.
Continuing its long line of work with Brown University, Malcolm Grear Designers was commissioned to design the new interior signs and wayfinding system. The signs work to enhance the Brown University brand and to create a clean and coherent messaging system that works in concert with the new character of the Bookstore.
Brown University recently broke ground for their new Creative Arts Center to be named the Perry and Marty Granoff Center for the Creative Arts, a $40-million arts center designed by New York architects Diller Scofidio + Renfro. The three story building will feature six different floor levels, split at half-story intervals, that will allow students to be able to easily view the adjacent spaces, up and below. The 35,000 square foot building will include an art gallery, a film-screening room, a recording studio, a multimedia lab, three production studios, and outside will be an amphitheater.
Malcolm Grear Designers developed the signs and donor recognition system for the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston, Diller Scofidio + Renfro's cutting edge museum on Boston's waterfront.
Check out Michael Skocpol’s recent article in the Brown Daily Herald, which provides an in-depth look at Brown University President, Ruth Simmons’ bold vision for bringing sweeping improvements to the University’s campus, facilities, and programs.
You will see photos that accompany the article showing the Building Brown construction fence-wraps, maps, and wayfinding sign system, all developed by Malcolm Grear Designers. This effort helps Brown to beautify the areas under construction and to guide students, faculty, visitors, and the local residents through the campus.
Don't miss the Anish Kapoor: Past, Present, Future exhibition at the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston which opened today and will run through September 7, 2008.
Both Anish Kapoor and the ICA were referenced several times during today’s Radio Boston program on WBUR each for their leadership roles in successful public art. Also mentioned were artists, Mags Harries and Lajos Héder, for their continued contributions to the greater Boston area’s public art.
Malcolm Grear Designers designed (and continues to design) the signs and donor recognition for the ICA. MGD also designed the visual identity and Web site for the Foster Gallery which last year hosted an exhibition of Mags Harries and Lajos Héder.
Thursday, March 6, at 6:30pm, on the HarborWalk of the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston (ICA), Martha Collins will read from her book “Blue Front,” translations of poetry by Nguyen Quang Thieu and her latest publication “Sheer”. “Blue Front,” a book-length poem based on a lynching her father witnessed when he was five years old, won an Anisfield-Wolf Book Award and was included in the New York Public Library’s “25 Books to Remember from 2006”.
The reading is part of the ICA’s “Poems for the HarborWalk” program, a collaboration between the ICA and the Creative Writing Program at UMass Boston.
Malcolm Grear Designers created the ICA HarborWalk Interpretive Panel (shown above) to display the poems. The angled glass panel protrudes over the water’s edge and creates a gathering place for the program’s readings and performances. This panel is just one part of Malcolm Grear Designers’ design for the ICA’s sign system.
Starting in the summer of 2007, Malcolm Grear Designers designed a system of fence-wraps and wayfinding for Brown University’s program of facilities renovation and new construction. As part of Brown’s Plan for Academic Enrichment initiative, “Building Brown” will transform the core campus, enhancing not only the quality of academic life, but the quality of community life as well. For the duration of the project, the system developed by Malcolm Grear Designers provides thousands of feet of construction fence-wrap (with a repeating collage of buildings), directional signs and maps, and a hand-held map provided to students.
Poet, Gail Mazur will read her “Little Tempest” on the HarborWalk of the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston (ICA) Thursday, October 25, 2007 at 6:30pm. Malcolm Grear Designers created the ICA HarborWalk Interpretive Panel (shown above) to display the poems. This panel is just one part of Malcolm Grear Designers’ design for the ICA’s sign system.Read More