Located at the corner of Washington Street and Worcester Square in Boston’s South End, this residential building sits at one the most prominent sites in the neighborhood. Comprised of a six-story building along Washington Street and a single townhouse at the back of the site, the design strategy began by creating a building which would ‘book-end’ the block along Washington, as well as create a gateway to historic Worcester Square. As such, the six-story portion of the building is more massive and pulled out in front of the adjacent buildings, while the townhouse abutting Worcester Square steps down to approximately 2 ½ stories, addressing the scale of the homes around the Square’s perimeter.
The design takes cues from the adjacent context, matching window lines of abutting buildings and using a material palette suggestive of the masonry structures along Washington Street. These elements are interpreted through the lends of an otherwise modern building, creating a design which is respectful of its context, while being distinctly modern.