The American Institute of Architects (AIA) announced their selections for the 2010 Housing Awards, and The Waterworks at Chestnut Hill is among the recipients.
The Waterworks, designed by Cambridge-based Gund Partnership, involved the adaptive reuse of three late 19th century public works buildings that originally housed steam-powered pumps. In creating the thirty-two unique residential units, Gund preserved the Romanesque and Beaux-Arts facades while modernizing the interiors and adding an interior courtyard to increase light. A portion of the former pump station was preserved as a public museum that celebrates the history of the site.
We wouldn't necessarily call the project "sexy," but it's great to see ye olde Boston recognized for innovation. Check out the other winners at Fast Company | The Year's Sexiest Houses.
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