Energizing a historic neighborhood with modern design that reduces the carbon footprint
How do you energize a big-box retail center in a car-centric neighborhood? With inviting sidewalks, landscaping, and a mix of uses—this is how we worked with a developer to reinvent over 10 acres of underutilized land in Boston’s historic Dorchester neighborhood. Our master plan and building design of South Bay creates a place of community that is walkable from the surrounding neighborhood to promote a low-carbon lifestyle. New retail and local dining options include Wahlburger’s—the Wahlberg family has roots in Dorchester—a 12-screen cinema, and the vibrancy of a 175 room hotel activate District Avenue.
In addition to the master plan, our architecture team designed four mixed-use buildings that are a modern adaptation of Dorchester’s masonry and clapboard character. Painted brick facades on ground-level retail spaces, bay windows, and cornices provide pedestrian interest and are a welcome antidote to the big-box retail experience. A hidden residential courtyard offers a private common area featuring lush plantings, a pool, and barbecue grills. Streetside, luxurious landscaping, metal work, and murals by local artists create a unique place in Boston.
Embraced by the community since opening, this dynamic public space benefits the social, cultural, and economic fabric of the neighborhood.
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