This project's program, cohousing, suggests an organization that weaves public and private spaces together both within each residential building and at the scale of the site. The scale accommodates this residential model, relates to the former infrastructural identity of the site, and provides a new, functional landscape.

Program: cohousing community
The cohousing cooperative supports multigenerational, flexible, high-density urban living. Compact residential units with private bedrooms, bathrooms, and kitchenettes are interspersed among expansive public spaces such as a library, dining commons, event space, exercise facilities, and outdoor terraces.
Organization: public-private weave
The organization of each building supports this social model by interspersing communal areas among private spaces on every floor, recalling the plan logic of the Renaissance villa, in which each space leads to the next without corridors. A hierarchy of privacy is established through scale and axial organization. Communal spaces are defined both by their larger size and by the circulation routes through them. Private spaces are accessible from these public spaces and exist at the ends of circulation routes.
The site plan follows the same organizational logic. Public amenities, such as tennis courts and parks, are the large spaces through which the entire neighborhood can circulate. Intimate paths and wild wetlands occupy the spaces between these spaces. No circulation routes pass through any building. The large staircases and the plazas built above each parking area provide a transitional space that belongs to each cohousing group but is welcoming to the larger community.
Scale: Infrastructural Landscape
East Boston is defined by both its midrise residential neighborhoods and its infrastructure. While most housing occupies land in a linear pattern, where each building has a private entrance along a public street, the public-private mix of cohousing allows the project to occupy its site in a field condition. This pattern recalls the site's former identity as a fuel tank storage field while supporting the particular disposition of public and private spaces inherent in the cohousing program.


 


Public / Shared space by floor 


Axonometric site plan 

Industrial context infrorms scale
Aerial view of site: Industrial context infrorms scale


Sixth floor plan 


Fifth floor plan 


Fourth floor plan 


Third floor plan 


Second floor plan 


First floor plan 


View from park 


Section 


Section