Halls of Perception

Utile expands Autodesk’s Boston headquarters with a kaleidoscopic arcade

The arcade of illuminated arches creates an uninterrupted visual connection through the office. (Chuck Choi)

From the use of AI in the design of eco-friendly chairs to visualizing data and pushing the limits of parametric architecture, Autodesk is an industry leader in the development of 3D design, engineering, and entertainment software. Designing the California-based company’s latest office would be a dream project for many practices.

The Boston-based architecture firm Utile was tapped to do just that—not once but twice. When Autodesk’s South Boston Meeting and Event Center (MEC), completed by Utile in 2018, was in need of an expansion, the company called on the self-described research-oriented think tank again.

“Utile gained Autodesk’s trust during the design of the adjacent MEC,” Utile architect and project lead Ingrid Bengtson explained. “We were given a lot of creative freedom.” The former U.S. army storehouse that was chosen for the extension was already imbued with natural light and floor-through views. The firm highlighted these attributes by introducing a variety of flexible working and meeting spaces. “Our brief was that the space should have a wow factor,” Bengtson added.

Read the full walkthrough on our interiors and design website, aninteriormag.com.

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