Union Square: Performance Area

Union Square, Somerville, MA

About .......................................................................................

Performance space finalist
Completion: 2007 - unbuilt

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  • UNION SQUARE PERFORMANCE AREA - PLAN VIEW: SEATING, PERFORMANCE, AND NEW PLANTING BEDS
  • UNION SQUARE PERFORMANCE AREA - GRANITE CURB HARVESTING AND RE-ASSEMBLY DIAGRAM
  • UNION SQUARE PERFORMANCE AREA - FRONT ELEVATION
  • UNION SQUARE PERFORMANCE AREA - PERFORMANCE BACKDROP AND SEATING
  • UNION SQUARE PERFORMANCE AREA - NIGHT TIME PLAN:  FEATURING SOLAR BRICKS THAT DEFINE PERFORMANCE AREA

Credits   ..............................................................................................................

  • Project Team
  • Hansy Better Barraza
  • Anthony J. Piermarini
  • Rebecca Edson
  • Jenny Kwon
  • James Smith
  • Commission by
  • The Somerville Arts Council and The City of Somerville

Overview   ..............................................................................................................

The City of Somerville, the Somerville Arts Council and the Mayor’s Office, sought to create a new performance area in Union Square. We responded with a design that strives to combine landscape elements and urban furniture. Our response was to create an intervention that would invite the public to participate as well create a buffer from the busy street. This winning proposal incorporates components of the sidewalk, literally reclaiming transitional granite curbing and reconfiguring them to create a multi function perimeter. It also provides a large garden area for planting. The performance area is defined using solar powered illuminated bricks, absorbing solar energy by day creating footlights by night.