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Sociedad
Latina

Roxbury, MA

Institutional Renovation; 6,457 sf
Completion: 2021

Project Overview

Traditional three-story apartment building transformed into a multi-use space for a Boston-based organization that supports Latinx communities through mentorship and civic engagement.

Project Team

Hansy Better Barraza
Anthony J. Piermarini
Inhwan Tae
Iris Kim
Austin Blanks

Mechanical Engineer

Allied Engineering

Structural Engineer

Roome & Guarracino

Construction

Haynes Group

Creative Spatial Solutions

Flexible Open Interiors

Deconstructing the compartmentalized interior into open spaces provides flexibility for a variety of programming needs. Spaces include a STEM maker/learning area, an audio recording studio, private counseling spaces, offices for staff, and a new large gathering area for performance and cultural events.

Participatory Design

Supporting a Multifaceted Mission

Studio Luz employed a participatory design process to successfully adapt the building’s spaces to support the organization’s multifaceted mission.

A Community Space

Creating the Next Generation of Latinx Leaders

Sociedad Latina supports Latinx communities through mentorship and civic engagement, workforce development, arts and culture access, academic assistance, and family support. The new architecture of this building provides the spatial framework for creating the next generations of Latinx leaders.

About the Space

in Roxbury

Sociedad Latina is a Boston-based organization that supports Latinx communities through mentorship and civic engagement, workforce development, arts and culture access, academic assistance, and family support. The challenge was to transform the organization’s headquarters, located in a traditional three-story apartment building, into a dynamic multi-use space. Studio Luz employed a participatory design process to adapt the building’s spaces to support the organization’s multifaceted mission. The design deconstructed the historical compartmentalized interiors and opened spaces to provide flexibility with use and programming over time. Open and flexible partitions, multi-use STEM maker/learning spaces, an audio recording studio, private counseling spaces, office spaces for staff, and a new large gathering area for performance and cultural events all support the mission of Sociedad Latina. The new architecture of this building provides the spatial framework for creating the next generations of Latinx leaders.