Located in Brookline’s Cottage Farm Historic District, 10 Lenox Street is the future home of Boston University’s Children’s Center. Working with the Boston University team through a collaborative design process, studioMLA Architects is transforming the 1904 Tudor Revival mansion into a rich and nurturing environment for children. The new facility will support University goals to improve employee recruitment and retention by offering much needed infant care and increasing the overall number of children served.
The design team is working closely withthe Brookline Preservation Commission and the Town of Brookline to maintain the building’s exterior and ensure that the new addition complements the existing building and site.
Plans for the historic house include a full renovation of the existing 15,500 SF building and a new two-story 2,400 SF addition featuring a handicap-accessible entrance and connector as well as additional classroom space. The vastly enlarged and improved program will include interior space for gross motor skills and STEAM activities, flexible classrooms to support up to 105 children ranging in ages 0-5, as well as Boston University’s Family Resource Center. Two existing 1,000 SF residential garages will be renovated for classroom and playground support with bathrooms, a kitchenette, and ample space for play during inclement weather.
Surrounded by mature shade trees, the outdoor play space will be harmonious with the neighborhood and have a backyard feel. Garden beds will help to grow the Center’s existing gardening program, while other playground elements will challenge, excite and encourage exploration for varied skill-levels.
Projected to be completed spring 2020, the building will be ADA accessible and is designed to achieve LEED certification.