Hyde Park Branch – Boston Public Library


For anyone in need of something to do this weekend, Common Boston 2016, a festival celebrating “architecturally, culturally, and historically significant sites throughout Boston” will be open Saturday, June 4 – Sunday, June 5. Open house viewings of many beautiful buildings will be held throughout the city, and we are especially excited that the Hyde Park Branch of the Boston Public Library is on the list, Saturday from 9am – 5pm.

A couple of years ago, we designed the Thomas M. Menino Learning Lab. Named for Boston’s mayor from 1993 to 2014, who was born and raised in the Hyde Park neighborhood, it offers a space for people of all ages in the community to share knowledge, and to have access to new information, experiences, and opportunities

Contemporary Fitness Center


With the exterior courtyard in construction, Derek Bloom Architects is hard at work on developing concepts for the One Franklin Town resident fitness center.

The existing building is a 20-story precast concrete tower, with a repetitive and controlled structural grid. Our proposed design seeks to break away from the regularity of this grid and to create new spaces-within-spaces through the use of non-rectilinear geometries that wrap floor, wall, and ceiling. To bring a new contemporary aesthetic to One Franklin Town, we have stripped the space down to its concrete walls, exposed its ceilings, and built it back up with simple finishes: hexagonal tiles, vibrant paint, and  suspended drywall ceilings. The most significant and most challenging proposal has been to cut new passage ways through the massive concrete walls that support the building, in order to create greater connectivity and transparency throughout the fitness center. To be built in rolling phases, the next phase will be to renovate the remainder of the first floor, including entry lobbies, concierge area, resident lounge, wifi lounge, function room, and offices.

See below for additional renderings


Entry corridor and new accessible lift


Fitness lounge with exposed concrete shear walls.


Updated pool with new visual connection to fitness space.


Contemporary Addition


Here’s a schematic proposal we are having a lot of fun with!

The clients asked for a small mudroom addition for their modest 1950’s ranch, and a new large deck to replace their beloved but undersized one. We’ve proposed a total break from the existing house, in material and architectural language: stained cedar, cable rails, non-orthogonal geometries. The design includes an expansive sloped roof that creates a covered walkway leading to the new side entrance, and further to the new deck as it juts outward. The overhang also serves to create a nice protected area to read a book on rainy and sunny days. New doors and windows connect the deck to the kitchen, which allows for convenient outdoor meals.

New Restaurant in the Works

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We’re excited to share an exterior rendering of a new restaurant on Mass Ave in the Central Square area of Cambridge!

The project is a gut renovation of an existing space with a large scope. Exterior work will feature a new facade and a new entry ramp for ADA accessibility, and the interior will include an entirely redesigned floor plan, bar, lounge seating area, and banquette seating in the dining room. It is anticipated the restaurant will be an American Trattoria – a casual spin on fine dining with a lively, yet laid-back atmosphere. The design is in constant progress, and even at the time of this posting, the concepts have been refined further than that of the rendering. We look forward to posting more as the design really takes shape.

Currently in Construction


Construction of our design for an office fit-out for Forest City Residential is well underway in Cambridge, MA.

Adding consolidated office space, this new leasing area will provide an open setting for new lounge space, a conference area, and leasing management, and will feature custom mahogany casework, woven organic lighting, and custom wall graphics for a contemporary pop of color.

Work progresses on our related project renovations to an 1,111-SF market-rate unit, which will continue the industrial couture of the existing apartment building where the project is located. With soaring ceilings and expansive, ground-level natural light from oversize curtain-wall windows, the unit boasts loft-style living in a contemporary setting, with multiple amenities in reach from its centralized MIT locale. Both projects are expected to be complete by early February.

One Franklin Town Courtyard approaching completion!

We are proud to share some of our recent photos from our urban landscape design currently being built in Philadelphia’s Center City neighborhood. We saved a mature hibiscus arbor (complete with Nam June Paik video installation!) and several Sweet Bay Magnolias, in designing this modern, bermed landscape. The main Callowhill facade will soon have a new canopy and signage, seen in rendering below.

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Project Designer

Searching for a multi-talented team member for our studio. Please tell your friends and colleagues. See our posting at the Boston Society of Architects.

This is the chance for a multi- talented, motivated, and energetic candidate to gain experience in all aspects of a design firm, including design. Ideal candidate should have proficiency and interest in design, construction drawings, graphics and web. Derek Bloom Architects is a small design studio located in Boston’s South End. Our diverse portfolio encompasses residential, commercial, and a consistent flow of various other typologies, such as this year’s design work for a monastery, a boat marina, a restaurant, a university, and a library.