This renovation, located in Northeastern University Columbus Place & Alumni Center, is at the heart of the University’s Boston campus. The building’s existing lobby is reconfigured with a wrapped surface that seamlessly connects the formal building entry with interior programs, simultaneously defining the interior of the two-story lobby and creating a new café on the second floor. This café becomes a new social center for Northeastern University Columbus Place & Alumni Center, providing space for meetings as well as dining.
The detailing of the continuous hinged surface incorporates a large format screen, signage, and lighting to project a progressive image for the institution. The surface unifies multiple programmatic nodes, carving out areas for seating and dining while integrating areas for plantings and media into a singular formal expression.