MBH Architects designs Yard House, Fenway Park

MBH Architects showcased the Yard House, Fenway Park. The property that measures 12,000 square feet is the Yard House brand’s first location in Boston proper.

Yard House, Fenway Park has features different than those found at other Yard House properties: not one but two keg rooms, and outdoor patio space to entertain 75 guests. The venue seats 557 guests inside. To connect the interior and exterior spaces, the MBH Architects project team used motor-activated glass garage doors.

To maintain the temperature inside while the doors are opened, the team incorporated Big Ass Fans into the design to create a breeze throughout the space. Original concrete ceilings and columns fill the space complemented by a warm color palette and materials like steel and wood. As an added bonus, guests will find original abstract artwork all around Yard House, Fenway Park.

The restaurant takes on an urban and industrial look with materials like stainless steel, concrete, and stone. The bar features 160 beers on tap. Beer is piped through overhead decorative conduits from Yard House’s temperature‐controlled keg room. These aluminum pipes are six inches in diameter. Diners from all over the dining room get to experience the journey that the beer takes overhead.

Work by contemporary American artist Jerome Gastaldi is featured throughout the venue. This Southern California artist took cues from the Boston location, creating some reference to baseball for his creations. The original artwork is done on canvas with a palette that is neutral with browns and grays.

Meanwhile, patio highlights include: the all-season patio dining area that houses a second patio bar; a second transparent kegroom outside; Big Ass Fans that help circulate the air and coordinate with finish elements; and roll-up overhead doors that open up to the two outdoor patios, each showcasing a fire feature.

Design conceptualization began in fall 2010.

The contractor for the project was Shawmut Design and Construction; lighting consultant was Lighting Design and Alliance; and kitchen consultant was Landmark Kitchen Design. The electrical engineering was provided by GLP Engineering (electrical); C3 (mechanical); CRO Engineering (plumbing); Shimali & Lascola (structural); and VHB (civil).

MBH Architects has worked with Yard House on developing new stores for more than 11 years. The firm has completed design and construction on 32 units across the US.

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