Mass Ave Residences

South End, Boston, MA

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

Multi-unit residential
40 units, 45,000 sf, 30 parking spaces
Completion: 2011

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  • VIEW FROM MASSACHUSETTS AVE.
  • VIEW OF ENTRANCE AND PROJECTED BALCONIES
  • FACADE DETAILS
  • BALCONY DETAILS
  • INTERIOR AND BALCONY DETAILS
  • URBAN GARDEN AND FACADE OVERVIEW
  • FACADE ALONG TRASK STREET
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Credits   ..............................................................................................................

  • Facade Architects & Design Consultants
  • Studio Luz Architects, ltd.
  • Developer
  • Urbanica, Inc.
  • Architect of Record
  • Urbanica
  • Code Consultant
  • R.W. Sullivan
  • Civil Engineer
  • BSC GROUP
  • Mechanical & Plumbing Engineer
  • Panitsas Associates, Inc.
  • Electrical Engineer
  • VGNA
  • Structural Engineer
  • D.M. Berg Associates, Inc.
  • General Contractor
  • Turnkey Development, Inc.
  • Construction Manager
  • Berkeley Building Company
  • Photography
  • Chang Zhang

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

The design team took on the challenge of respecting the historical context of the South End Landmark District while also recognizing Boston as a vibrant, continuously evolving city. By blending contextual influences with a contemporary design aesthetic, the project provides an opportunity to live in residences that are both particular to the South End and true to the period in which they are constructed.

The design team worked with the South End Landmarks Commission, incorporating the voices of the community into the design process. The use of terra cotta creates texture and color continuity with brick townhouses, and setbacks in the façade evoke the rhythmic quality created by bays of repeated townhouses. Careful attention is paid to the details of the façade assembly.

Ground floor units are proposed as Small Office Home Office or “SoHo” units, taking advantage of the easy street access. These six first floor units are intended to attract professionals with a home office, or artists who would like to house a small gallery. Units along Massachusetts Avenue have niches created by the massing of the façade. At the rear of the building, the quiet nature of Trask Street creates an opportunity for exterior balconies.