Sep. 21st E+ Green Building Housing

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THIS PROPOSAL SEEKS TO OBTAIN LEED PLATINUM, HERS INDEX: -9

Studio Luz Architect’s proposal for Mayor Menino’s Energy Positive E+ Green Building Demonstration Program is on exhibit at the Boston Architectural College’s McCormick Gallery through September 25. Studio Luz Architects partnered with Urbanica Design + Development for the 64 Catherine Street site in Jamaica Plain, Boston. The design competition was held by the City of Boston on city-own property to promote the next generation of high performance deep green building prototypes in Boston.

Passive and Active Systems Diagram

It is imperative to create homes that are in harmony with the environment in which they operate. To achieve this requires not only a radical shift in the design of buildings but an encouragement of new living patterns and sensitivity to economical viability.

View from Catherine StreetView from Rear Yard

Our proposal introduces the townhouse type to the Jamaica Plain Woodbourne neighborhood, contributing to the diversity of homes in the area while remaining respectful of the existing neighborhood character. The building consists of two typical units, approximately 1,500 sf each, sharing a mirror twin relationship with the central party wall. Variations in proportion and scale are developed as a response to the unique triangular site configuration. We see this as a soft prototype, where the spatial layout and systems of a basic unit can be adapted to fit the specific demands of the site, its context and particular climate.

Massing Development

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

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