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. 

Materiality and the Reimagining of Historic Buildings

Re-use projects demand a nuanced approach to design to create spaces for today without discarding the value of existing building fabric. As the climate crisis escalates, finding creative ways to transform these buildings becomes increasingly critical.

In Materiality and the Reimagining of Historic Buildings, Principal Jason Jewhurst discusses how architects are in a position to make these existing places useful again, for the benefit of their communities and the planet.

Read the full article here.