The conceptual design process for the Schrafft’s City Center blows my mind to think back on. I started at CBT in April of 2014 and shortly thereafter cooked up the initial candy concept for the lobby, bold and playful Confectionary Contemporary mixed with a Factory / Industrial vibe.
The history Schrafft’s Candy Factory was a fixture in the Charlestown landscape and a wonderful local employer that sadly closed its doors in the late 1970s. The late Mr. Flatley bought the building and surrounding land and converted it into a first class office building in 1984. CBT along with The Flately Company has undertaken the second transformation of this incredible site.
In an effort to breath new life into a suburban five building corporate campus with a 120K SF development site the developer started with the least occupied and most dated asset, 25 Corporate Drive. The exterior is pink granite with iridescent glazing and forrest green mullions. The lobby was large and light filled, felt unwelcoming, stuck in time and constrained by strict octagonal geometry.