Aug. 18th 691 Mass. Ave: Occupancy Granted!

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Studio Luz Architects would like to share the great news that 691 Massachusetts Avenue received the final certificate of occupancy. The project team led by Kamran Zahedi of Urbanica Design + Development is much to be credited for delivering a historically sensitive, yet contemporary new building for South End residents.

Facade along Massachusetts Avenue

The new building containing 40 residential units, strives to transition between the Victorian  row houses and the Neo-Renaissance Palazzo. We worked closely with the South End Historic Commission, the BRA, and neighborhood groups to create a building that is sensitive to its context yet of it’s own time. The building is comprised of terra-cotta rain screen panels, with compliments in anodized aluminum. Variations in texture and depth provide increased detail to be appreciated from the sidewalk.

The western facing, Trask Street facades of the building take on a different character, with a focus on creating access to light and air for the people living in the building. The fenestration pattern creates a subtle dynamic, also seen in the Massachusetts Avenue facades.

Metal Cladding Detail

The building features balconies with green screens, to allow for colorful plants in the future. These will bring life to the building and compliment the North Hampton Street Community Garden.

Screened Balconies

Facade along Trask Street

May. 16th Urbanica 691 Project Highlight and Tour

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Studio Luz Architects has been invited by the Construction Management Association of America (CMAA) and the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) Boston Chapter #15 to present project highlights
on 691 Massachusetts Avenue residential development with Kamran Zahedi, Michelle Miller of Urbanica Design + Development and Emil Frei of Berkeley Building Company.

Facade near Completion along Massachusetts Avenue

Studio Luz Architects along with the project team will be presenting the design process and discussing the challenges of the construction process.

Reflective Roof Penthouse Unit

Working with the unique characteristics of the South End, the team chose to work with a terracotta rain screen facade, to complete the urban block. On a recent tour, (shown below) Studio Luz Principal, Anthony Piermarini shows students at Northeastern University a sample of the terracotta panel.

View Looking up the Open-Air Cornice

Discussing the Rain Screen System

Mar. 30th 691 Massachusetts Avenue

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Studio Luz would like to share photos of their new 40 residential units under construction in South End Boston, Massachusetts

Exterior Facade Under Construction

Urbanica Design + Development created a solid Bostonian partnership to develop six9one RESIDENCES  (www.691residences.com).  The team included Studio Luz Architects, Berkeley Building Company and Kornerstone Brokerage.

Urbanica Design + Development partnered with Studio Luz Architects, on the facade design for six9one residences as the building is located in a contextually sensitive and historic district of Boston.

Terracotta Rainscreen Cladding

six9one RESIDENCES is one of the last new-built developments in South End, Boston, with approximately 45,000 sq ft of space including the basement garage. There are 40 residential units, ranging from 550sf to 1800sf with unit types including studio, one bedroom and two bedrooms residences. There are also 30 deeded parking spaces available. Ground floor units are proposed as Small Office Home Office or “SoHo” units, taking advantage of the easy street access. These six first floor units are intended to attract professionals with a home office, or artists who would like to house a small gallery. Units along Massachusetts Avenue have niches created by the massing of the façade.

View Looking Up The Niche

View Looking Up The Main Entrance