Established in 1988 by Howard F. Elkus and David Manfredi, Elkus Manfredi is a Boston based architectural firm focusing on commercial complexes, residential buildings, hotels, institutions and educational buildings. 

Elkus Manfredi Architects is a Boston based architectural firm established in 1988 by Howard F. Elkus and David Manfredi. Their Portfolio includes a myriad of building typologies including Commercial complexes, Residential buildings, Hotels, Institutions, Educational buildings, Industrial buildings, Restoration work, and Interior design projects. Their buildings are characterized by the use of modern materials such as glass, steel, aluminum, and Carbon fiber with open plans and a lively liveable/workable environment causing a boost in creativity and living standards. The firm largely focuses on understanding the stakeholders/clients and providing the solutions best suited for them. They have been awarded both national and international awards for the same.

1. Pier 4 Office Building, Boston –

Pier 4 is a beautiful glass and steel building that stands tall near the waters of Boston’s Seaport District. Its iconic design is visible from the Harbour, from the city, and within the Seaport neighborhood. It is a part of the 400,000 square foot mixed-use project i.e. The Pier 4 Complex. The shape, material, and design of the building provide two different and interesting facades to the building, one facing the harbor and the other facing the city. “The west facade, facing downtown Boston, has a more subdued gesture with a trapezoidal cut-out terrace,” says vice president Christian Galvao. “The east facade, facing Boston Harbour, has two-story undulating triangular moves that shift and slide between each other, creating a constant movement that changes throughout the day.”

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2. Joan & Edgar Booth Theatre and College of Fine Arts Production Center

Joan & Edgar Booth Theatre and College of Fine Arts Production Center is a 75,000 square foot, concrete and aluminum, multi-functional studio theatre and production facility, completed in 2018. It is one of a kind Theatre and College where students can live and work together. This flexibility leads to better communication among the artists providing the audiences a wholesome experience of the theatre’s acts and performances.

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3. Emerson College Student Residences

Emerson College Student Residences has been a very challenging project as the Elkus Manfredi had to create Residences for a spatially tight and growing campus of Emerson College in Boston’s historic Theatre District. While preserving the street elevations, an 18 storey residence was designed with larger community space to enhance the interactions between students and give them memorable spaces that are multifunctional, interactive, and based on the demands of the new generation students. 

4. New Balance Headquarters

Manfredi says it’s not just about making a building, it’s about creating a 360-degree environment. This is the very concept he has used in the design of the Boston based Shoe Company’s headquarter, New Balance. The building has been designed with an open plan with only 4 private offices. This has been done for a more collaborative working environment and less power stature increasing equality. The building is five-story tall with 250,000 square feet. It has also been given LEED v2009 CS Platinum Project status.

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5. 200 Amsterdam, New York 

200 Amsterdam is a 668 foot tall, glass and Carrara marble-wrapped, Residential Skyscraper designed by Elkus Manfredi architects. The tower has 112 residential units as well as a series of high-end building amenities, including an indoor swimming pool, virtual golf room, and children’s play space, among other elements.

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6. Drape, Cambridge, Massachusetts

Draper Laboratory is a non-profit research and development company. The company’s main work motto is Transparency. The company’s headquarters is a 456,055-square-foot building, with an open plan that goes with the company’s ideals. The building has a huge central atrium made of steel and glass, having one transparent side from where light enters the building, leading to full use of natural daylight in the building. The staircases and ramps inside the atrium are highlighted blue. The Atrium also has a cafeteria, coffee bar, informal seating areas, and a tech help bar.

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7. The Citizens Bank Corporate Campus in Johnston, Rhode Island

The Citizens Bank Corporate Campus in Johnston, Rhode Island is a 123-acre complex, consisting of 5 buildings – an 800-seat contact center, two four-story office wings, and an amenities building, all joined by a central connector building/main entrance. The architecture of the campus resembles the historic barn vernacular architecture of New England. The buildings are cladded with light-grey cementitious boards that resemble wood cladding from a distance. The structures also have an interesting skyline, formed by peaks and depressions letting vast amounts of daylight enter the building, reducing the need for artificial lighting.

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8. Eli and Edythe L. Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard

Eli and Edythe L. Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard often referred to as the Broad Institute, is a biomedical and genomic research center located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States. The project aimed to create a structure that led to an open, collaborative, and cross-disciplinary study among the brightest minds of our generation and a place flexible enough to organize projects at any scale. Largely glassed exterior, the building has a series of multifunctional laboratories inside with a carefully planned circulation path. 

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9. Harvard University Graduate Commons

Harvard University Graduate Commons, Cambridge, Massachusetts, is a six storied residence hall at the edge of the University’s campus in the Riverdale neighborhood. It is a LEED Gold Certified building with 141 apartments and 190 below-grade parking spaces on three levels.

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10. The Modern at Fort Lee, New Jersey 

Rising near the beautiful Hudson River, the Modern at Fort Lee is a two-tower, Glass cladded, 47-story residential development at the foot of the George Washington Bridge in New Jersey. The building offers a total of 902 residential apartments with luxurious amenities including flexible lounge and dining areas, private outdoor barbeque niches, a large pool, a great lawn area, fitness venues, a spa, and a business center. The building is taller than any other building in its neighborhood.

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Anaushka Goyal is a undergraduate student studying architecture in Mumbai. She likes research and experimentation with sustainable architectural practices that could benefit the environment. She is a critical thinker andis committed to address the problems in our society through her work. She is currently exploring her aptitude for architectural journalism.

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