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Architectural styles in gingerbread: BSA Space hosts holiday competition

Nine Massachusetts architecture firms were asked to rep their preferred style in the sweetest way

BSA Space at 290 Congress Street in downtown Boston is hosting its seventh annual Gingerbread Design Competition and Exhibition.

This year, the gallery connected to the Boston Society of Architects/AIA and the BSA Foundation asked architecture firms to render their favorite architecture styles and/or approaches in the sugary medium.

Seven firms responded: Acentech, designLAB Architects, LDa Architecture and Interiors, TBA Architects, Phase Zero Design, Olson Lewis + Architects, and StudioMLA Architects. The BSA/AIA added its own too.

Their creations are on free display at 290 Congress every weekday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. until Dec. 31. The public can take them all in, and then vote for a favorite.

The Community Design Resource Center of Boston and the BSA Foundation are underwriting the exhibition, which includes an ongoing auction to raise funds for design-related public programming. Donations of any size are also welcome.

Below are some selections from the exhibition/contest, which opened December 10.

“We Louvre Modernism” from designLAB Architects.
All photos by Paige McWhorter and courtesy of BSASpace
“A Sweet Way to Live Small” from LDa Architecture and Interiors.
“(Ginger)Bread-celona Pavillion by Mies Graham der Rohe” from StudioMLA Architects.
“Gingerbread University” from TBA Architects.