Seven miles from downtown Boston, Northland Needham Development raises the bar for sustainability, affordability, and walkability
Northland Development is reinventing a strip mall and post-industrial site in Newton, an older suburb of Boston, Massachusetts. They engaged our team to craft an urban design strategy that would make the site a focal point for the area around it—a destination with a strong sense of character.
We took inspiration from the historic commercial villages throughout Newton. Built before cars, they embodied just the right scale for walkability. Our walkable village design is based on landscape urbanism principles—buildings with assorted green amenity roof decks reside within a new naturalistic landscape. The open spaces serve various functions and include a central village green, verdant park spaces, as well as vibrant retail streetscapes and plazas with outdoor dining. Additionally, a mobility hub plaza serves as a gateway and provides free last-mile shuttles to nearby transit.
The site includes an adapted mill building that pays homage to the site’s history while 13 new buildings offer modern design with sustainability in minds. Designed to meet high energy efficiencies using Passive House (PHI) standards, it was the largest PHI residential community in the United States at the time of approval. The development is also targeting Gold certification in LEED for Homes and LEED for Neighborhood Development.
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- Northland Development
- Cube3 Studios
- Steven Winters Associates
- Stantec Architecture, Cube 3 Studios
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