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Parcel R-1 in Boston’s Chinatown

Creating affordable housing and a new permanent home for the Chinatown Branch of the Boston Public Library

  • 110

    Affordable Units

  • LEED

    Gold Targeting

  • Boston, Massachusetts

    Boston, Massachusetts

Development without displacement in a neighborhood with limited development opportunities

Working alongside Asian Community Development Corporation (ACDC), we provided architectural design services to bring life to the community’s vision of redeveloping a Chinatown parking lot, Parcel R-1, into a space that offers learning, community, public space, and cultural celebration.

Our design incorporates an all-electric, Passive House sustainable strategy, targeting LEED Gold certification, for a mixed-use tower with 110 affordable rental and condo units. This 100 percent affordable housing project will also include the much-anticipated future permanent home for the Chinatown Branch of the Boston Public Library on the ground floor. Uniquely situated in the Chinatown neighborhood, the site is within walking distance of numerous public transportation opportunities.

In addition to the benefits it brings the surrounding community, Parcel R-1 advances goals from Boston’s 2030 Housing Plan to create housing and introduces the concept of “development without displacement” in a neighborhood with limited development opportunities.

At a Glance

  • Asian Community Development Corp.
Meet Our Team

Aeron Hodges, Principal, Architecture

Only through iterative explorations and rigorous research can we discover intelligent design solutions that are both beautiful and relevant.

James Gray, Senior Principal, Architecture

Housing satisfies a universal human need, and in that mandate there is the challenge I relish: design solutions at a range of scales, from the individual eye and hand to the macro level of a city.

Jen Dunn, Associate, Architecture

I love the impact of adaptive reuse projects. Transforming an under-used building into an integral part of the community is so rewarding.

Aeron Hodges

Principal, Architecture

James Gray

Senior Principal, Architecture

Jen Dunn

Associate, Architecture

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