Connecting Space and Place
Boston Street Animal Hospital
Location: Baltimore, Maryland
Vet: Michelle Danna, DVM
Services: Architecture, Interior
Type: Veterinary, Adaptive Reuse
Awards: Excellence in Design, AIA Maryland
This project began as a simple interior renovation to a three story row build- ing, a former tavern, on Boston Street in Baltimore. The building sits in the Historic Canton Neighborhood and was subject to architectural and commu- nity review. During the due diligence period it was discovered the facade had been structurally compromised in an earlier renovation/conversion from residence to tavern. The structural problem presented an opportunity to rethink the facade of the building.
A large glass created on the facade opens the interior workings of the hospi- tal to the community. The solution creates two visual links: first, a view into the interior spaces and interior daily activities and second, a view from the interior out to the harbor through a view corridor created by the develop- ment across Boston Street. The existing stair, with open risers, permits light and views to the interior. The cornice, a continuous element along the block was visually strengthened and reconstructed to cap the new facade. Materials: brick, aluminum, low-e glass, cork, stone, wood, laminate, and metal.
This project received an Excellence in Design Award from the Maryland AIA as a solution that uses an economy of means to bring together the user’s and the community’s requirements with a strong contextual architectural statement connecting space and place.