1. Bruce-C-Bolling-Building-Mural-mockup

Bruce C. Bolling Building Mural

Created for Mecanoo in 2014


  1. Ephemeral and experimental

From the architect:

The Bruce C. Bolling Municipal Building at Dudley Square is nearing completion. As a final touch, a 700ft2 (65m2) hand-drawn mural will be painted onto the wall of the lobby. The mural will be created by Mecanoo, the Dutch architectural practice who also designed the new municipal office building together with Boston-based Sasaki Associates. The mural depicts a map covering the area from Readville in the South to Orient Heights in the North, with Dudley Square located in the centre.

The rich blue background of the silver coloured mural references Ferdinand’s Blue Store, the famous furniture shop whose facade has been restored and incorporated into the new structure. The colour also has special significance to Mecanoo. Dubbed ‘Mecanoo-blue’, it dates back to the time when the company engaged with set designers. The colour, originally a stage paint, appears in many of Mecanoo’s buildings across the world. Aside from the Bruce C. Bolling Municipal Building, the map highlights a number of landmarks including the Massachusetts State House, the John Hancock Tower, the Institute of Contemporary Art and Boston City Hall.



Architecture: Mecanoo and Sasaki Associates
Mural concept design: Arch. Rodrigo Louro
Mockup: Arch. Rodrigo Louro and Arch. Israel Paez.
On site: Studio Fresh


Image courtesy Studio Fresh.


Image courtesy Mecanoo.

Bruce C. Bolling by Mecanoo and Sasaki

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