Award level: Honor Award
Project name: E+ // 226-232 Highland
Project location: Roxbury, Massachusetts
Firm name: Interface Studio Architects with Urbanica Design
Jury comments: Concise, elegant, and clever, this energy positive four-townhouse project sits playfully within the fabric of an eclectic urban neighborhood. The architecture introduces rich patterning through cladding components and formal gestures to create wonderful textures and visual rhythms. The design begins with a simple box that is affordable to construct and predictable in its ability to be tightly air-sealed. The roofs are sloped to maximize solar geometry for photovoltaic panels and a reverse bay window at each unit lets in generous natural light. The facade is excellent, demonstrating real economy of expression. The urban infill location of the site affords great connectivity to mass transportation and area amenities. This mixed-income, highly sustainable housing project makes a great model for city agencies and could be replicated anywhere.
Client: Urbanica; City of Boston; Boston Redevelopment Authority
Contractor: Urbanica Construction
Consultants: DM Berg Consultants; C.L.G. Associates; Engineering Design Build; Conservation Services Group; Transformation Solar; Embue