Client: Spice Street, LLC
Location: Charlestown, MA
In November of 2011 Radlab began looking for a new home. Our goal was to find a low-cost industrial space within the city that we could design and build out ourselves, a well connected space as part of Boston’s network of transit systems, and a space particularly suitable for design and fabrication.
On December 31, 2011, after 65 years as a premiere wedding dress label under David’s Bridal, Priscilla of Boston closed its doors. Two Spice Street in Boston was the address of a major portion of Priscilla’s manufacturing and dress storage facility, which seemed a thoroughly fitting location to house a laboratory for fabrication, design, and applied research. The building is just a stone’s throw away from I-93, for vehicular transit, and Sullivan Square Station, for train and bus transit. In other terms of accessibility, having a clear, recognizable, urban identity was important to us. Being a part of Charlestown’s industrial periphery is a good fit for Radlab because it allows us to sustain our Boston address and proximity to the city. With the large volume of space, coupled with an abundance of natural day lighting, the 3,000sf space seemed a conducive fit for Radlab’s identity and preoccupations. Between our team and the owner’s team of subs, design and construction took place over an accelerated three month stretch from May to August of 2012.
The massless, creative act of design, and the physically generative act of fabrication, are an integral part of our ongoing research and experimentation. Design is not meant to be first, and fabrication second. The two can occur sequentially, and in simultaneity. In an essentially narrow, rectangular prism, our intention was to arrive at a distribution and quality of space that would promote this sense of research and design.
It became clear early on in the planning process that, for this space, it would be particularly important toestablish clear lines of site. In an effort to establish a sense of wholeness and continuity between each spatial subdivision, all programmed spaces are visually accessible to one another. This connectedness was accomplished by reducing programmatic differentiations to a minimum, and by creating a series of punched openings along each transverse partition that could link each end of the prism regardless of intermediatedivisions.
By connecting program in this manner, the stark separations that might otherwise exist, which often create isolated compartments of program that must be experienced in a relatively sequential pattern, start to dissolve. As a result, the space enhances the probability for non-linear thinking, and acting, promoting a collaborative mindset across multiple disciplines.
The shell was preserved in its entirety, while adding only one floor to ceiling interior partition. Using a centrally located, subtracted transformation to create a loft space above the machine lab, daylight from the building's 360 degree clerestory windows was provided for the studio.
// The practice of theorizing, generating, communicating, and producing novel solutions to contemporary construction issues.
As a firm that tends to work on a variety of project types and scales, our involvement in the building process typically involves some combination of research, design, fabrication, and installation. Models, diagrams, renderings, mock ups, animations, and prototypes are utilized to create and communicate potential solutions.
// The discipline of creating design solutions through the application of techniques in computing.
For Radlab, design computing is about innovation and efficiency. Using computational processes enables us to explore new possibilities in form, structure, composition, and performance, yet it also serves to promote our ever-increasing desire for maximizing material conservation.
// The translation of digital geometry into physical material.
With a streamlined work flow between our studio and shop, we're able to assist clients in maximizing design and production efficiency while minimizing the steps to project completion.
// The process of cultivating ideas into useful, meaningful, environmentally sensitive, marketable objects.
Radlab works with clients through stages of design, engineering, prototyping, patenting, and manufacturing, from conception to product completion.
Matt Trimble was invited as a guest lecturer for Harvard University's Career Discovery Program at the Graduate School of Design.
We're very excited to announce that the 'One Main' project has been selected as a Popular Choice Winner in the Architizer A+ Awards for the Plus Category | Architecture +Materials.
As part of an effort to garner public funding for our “Playscape Initiative”, Radlab was invited to present our grant proposal to the Browne Fund at Boston City Hall.
For one of the feature events for Boston Design Week, Matt Trimble was invited as a guest panelist at the Lanoue Gallery for a discussion on the topic of “Harnessing the Power of Art”.
Selected from over 2,000 nominations, then narrowed to 150 finalists, Radlab is very proud to have been named one of this year's 50 on Fire by BostInno! Congratulations to all the nominees, and to our fellow winners in the Design category: Sasaki Associates, Kennedy & Violich Architecture, Formlabs, and Open Style Lab.
Radlab was selected by BostInno as a Finalist in the 50 on Fire Design category for their annual awards celebration.
Phase 2 of the GLX Integrated Art Program for the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority received over 70 submissions. Those were narrowed to 12 semi-finalists, and Radlab has been named 1 of 5 finalists chosen to work on the green line extension.
The October issue of Architectural Record features Radlab's Beaver Works Pod and Lounge Pendant Lights for MIT, in collaboration with Merge Architects.
Link to Article
Radlab recently worked with Warner Bros on the set of The Judge. We worked with the Art Director, David Swayze, to create the window leading patterns for the courtroom scenes: 3 windows, 3 window transoms, and 1 rose window. The film opens in theaters next month.
Photo credit: Claire Folger/Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures.
Matt Trimble has been asked to serve as a jury member for a national design competition in the Ukraine.
Architizer is featuring Radlab's Gradient Wall project.
This year the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts has invited Matt Trimble to be a guest speaker at its annual summer conference from July 6-10. The theme of the conference is Craft Thinking: Ideas on Making, Materials, and Creative Process. Matt will be speaking on the topic of Performance Tuning within the context of design.
Sample modules and video from the Screen Walls workshop will be exhibited in the Boston Architectural College's McCormick Gallery from April 21, 2014 – May 8, 2014.
Matt Trimble/Radlab was selected as a semi-finalist (top 10 out of 88) in an open call for proposals to develop integrated public art for 3 new train stations in Cambridge and Somerville.
Matt Trimble will be teaching a workshop entitled Material Bias at the Universidad Francisco Marroquin in Guatemala City. The workshop will explore the notion of allowing form, and to some degree function, to become subservient to an understanding of how materials can inform and regulate design.
link to UFM article
Radlab is a multidisciplinary design and fabrication consulting firm located in Boston, MA. The scope of our work includes architecture, design computing, digital fabrication, and product development. These areas are viewed as uniquely distinguishable, and yet distinctly complementary. At Radlab, opportunities for integrating and intersecting disciplines are always on the agenda.
Radlab views continual experimentation, part of its core mode of operation, as a critical form of applied research. The cultivation of design knowledge through trials and prototypes, creating and documenting a continually expanding archive of shared experience, is part of our standard practice. Through clearly defined intentions and methods, with ad hoc rubrics for measuring and evaluating levels of success, research is employed as a foundational tool for realizing ideas in physical form. It is understood that although research, in these terms, by no means guarantees any form of success, it plays a crucial role in reinforcing design propositions, thereby maximizing the probability of success.
Within this framework of experimentation, the creation and discovery of pertinent solutions are wrought through cyclical iterations, invariably mixed with some success and some failure. These research and design experiments (from which Radlab derives its name) occur at a range of scales, within both digital and material contexts, and are rationalized through the lens of a variety of project specific goals. It is our aim not to let technology drive intention, but rather to allow the unfolding of process occur in response to and in conjunction with research. Emperical evidence, both predictable and entirely unforseeble, emerges through the study of materials, joinery systems, spatial configurations, environmental conditions and assembly logics, ready to take the helm.
Matthew A. Trimble founded Radlab in 2008. Born in Memphis, TN, he has since lived in Kuwait, Los Angeles, and now resides in Boston with his wife and daughter. Trimble has studied architecture at The University of Memphis (BFA), where he received the Frances F. Austin Scholarship, and holds a Professional Degree (M.Arch) from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he was awarded the Avalon Travel Fellowship.
Trimble has a diverse range of experience working and consulting in the field of architecture for firms that include Neil M. Denari Architects, Behnisch Behnisch and Partner, Preston Scott Cohen, Inc, and dECOi Architects. He has also served as a partner and director of technology and design for Ispace, LLC, a Boston based product development company. Trimble has taught seminars, workshops, and studios for both graduate and undergraduate students at the Boston Architectural College, the Wentworth Institute of Technology, and the Universidad Francisco Marroquín in Guatemala City. He currently teaches at the Rhode Island School of Design.
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2 Spice Street
Boston, MA 02129