Brookline Teen Center

Location: Brookline, MA
Size: 13,350 SF

The Brookline Teen Center (BTC) is an adaptive reuse success story and an example of intense collaboration between architects, construction professionals, and end users: the teenagers. The project converted an existing 98-year-old, 12,000 SF parking garage into an exciting place for teens to hang out and engage with each other.

Offering a wide range of youth programming, the BTC was immediately popular among Brookline teens upon opening. Its features include a cafe complete with a pool table and game room, a much-used state-of-the-art recording studio, a computer lab, production room, conference room, and multi-purpose room for dance, fitness and table tennis. The building’s highlight is a half-court with a an adjacent workout space and 2-lane bowling alley. A Maker Space on the lower level is always filled with ongoing projects.

A new vertical circulation tower creates an entry beacon to the previous non-hierarchical facade. The interior takes advantage of the raw exposed structure and highlights the rugged garage environment, both appropriate and durable for its new occupants. The building was designed with sustainability in mind and is LEED Silver certified.