New affordable housing in Boston’s Mission Hill draws upon Passive House and transit-oriented design strategies
Set within a highly traversed stretch of Boston’s Mission Hill neighborhood, 775 Huntington Avenue needed to maximize the potential of a small, complexly shaped site (formerly a parking lot) to create a new 13-story, mixed-use, mixed-income residential development with ground floor commercial space. Roxbury Tenants of Harvard reached out to our team to provide this community with a new front-facing landmark.
Our architectural and interior design team helped establish a premier example of sustainable construction and development by incorporating Passive House standards into the building, such as designing a solar rooftop for all electric operation. We also focused on designing exteriors that fit in and enhanced the surrounding neighborhood aesthetic. These include an elegantly detailed brick façade that follows the curve of Huntington Avenue as well as a copper-colored metal panel volume encasing a glass “lantern” to provide units with skyline views.
A transit-oriented development, 775 Huntington Ave offers residents easy access to the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority and an on-site Bluebike station. Additionally, a rooftop communal deck gives residents a place to enjoy the outside, and commercial and community space along the building’s ground level provide an active street front.
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