MASS MoCA Building 6 Wins AIA COTE Top Ten Award

We are beyond thrilled to share that MASS MoCA Building 6 is a winner of the 2024 AIA COTE® Top Ten Award!

The 2024 COTE® Top Ten program is in its 27th year and highlights projects that meet the AIA Committee on the Environment’s rigorous criteria for social, economic, and ecological value. MASS MoCA Building 6 is Bruner/Cott’s second COTE® Top Ten project, following the R.W. Kern Center at Hampshire College in 2017.

Winners of the 2024 COTE® Top Ten were celebrated at an awards gala on June 7, 2024 at the AIA National Convention in Washington, D.C.

MASS MoCA Building 6 supports MASS MoCA’s mission to connect with the local community, repositions 5 million kg worth of carbon in brick, wood and concrete, uses 76% less energy to operate than a conventional museum, heals a contaminated site, and is connected to its beautiful natural setting.

The design for MASS MoCA Building 6 deeply considers embodied carbon. It maximizes the conservation of materials in place, utilizes site-salvaged materials, and uses a limited palette of new materials. Key spaces in the museum are created by sculpting space out of the building. Materials removed in this process were carefully stockpiled and reused—an architectural cut-and-fill operation that reduced waste and avoided the need for any virgin brick, stone, structural wood, or finish wood.

Learn more about MASS MoCA Building 6 and its transformative, sustainable reuse on the AIA website, here. 

MASS MoCA Building 6 Wins BSA Interior Architecture Honor Award

MASS MoCA Building 6 is the winner of a 2020 BSA Honor Award for Interior Architecture!

Each year the Boston Society of Architects, often in collaboration with other organizations, sponsors awards programs to honor design excellence in Massachusetts, throughout New England, and beyond. We are thrilled that MASS MoCA Building 6 has been recognized by this year’s jury. 

[stblockquote title=”” top_left=”” author=”BSA Awards Jury”]This large-scale adaptive reuse project is restrained and responsible. It raises an important if difficult question for designers, especially in this moment of climate crisis: when and how should we do less? The light touch of the architect allows the structure’s history to speak and spotlights the art on display. Though the work might appear to be minimal, the technical challenges of reinvigorating a historic industrial building must not be underestimated. MASS MoCA Building 6 is a deliberate and admirable work, designed in service of its audiences and artwork.

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Building 6 was honored at the BSA’s virtual Awards Gala on January 21, 2021 at 6:00pm EST. Bruner/Cott Principal Jason Forney, FAIA, accepted the award on behalf of the project team.