Office dA, Voromuro
The work of this Boston-based design firm ranges from furniture to architecture and urban design. Led by principals Monica Ponce de Leon and Nader Tehrani, Office dA has won a number of awards and competitions, including two Progressive Architecture Awards. Their projects include the MacAllen Building, Boston's first green residential building; the main library at RISD, converted from a former bank; and the interior of Beacon Hill's Upper Crust Pizzeria.
Ponce de Leon and Tehrani are creating work for Georges Island, home to Fort Warren, which was active during the Civil War. The architects are compelled by the rich interplay between Georges's natural topography and its intricate built environment. Voromuro, is an intricate structure made with translucent acrylic installed in the elegant interior of the fort's Powder Magazine. The work is inspired by the rural New England stone wall and the fort's extensive stone masonry.