Project name: Cable Mills Modern Mill
Project overview: Modern Mill is a 6-unit multi-family development along a scenic river’s edge in Williamstown, MA, in close proximity to historic mill buildings. The exterior cladding – rhythm of vertical bands of cedar and fiber cement – enhances height while subdividing massing.
Project location: Williamstown, Massachusetts
Firm name: Merge Architects
Project type: Multi-family Housing
Project information: New construction
Jury comments: Cable Mills Modern Mill is a great example of well-designed collective housing that makes the most of a beautiful site. Taking subtle inspiration from the adjacent historic buildings and surrounding treescape of Linear Park, the simple palette of materials is enriched by fine detailing and a limited use of color that highlights the figure-ground composition of the façades. Carved balconies, carefully situated terraces, large windows, and double-height interior spaces emphasize a strong indoor-outdoor connection, drawing residents into the landscape. Each unit is unique, and the interior common spaces are minimized in favor of providing exposure on multiple sides to create exterior opportunities for social interaction between neighbors.
BSA Impact: Environment | Advancing Architecture
Client: Traggorth Companies LLC; Mitchell Properties LLC
Images/Photographer(s): John Horner
Consultants: Guntlow & Associates, Inc; Johnson Engineering & Design, Inc; Offshoots, Inc.; RSE Associates
AIA Framework for Design Excellence: Integration | Equitable Communities | Ecosystems | Well-being | Resources | Discovery