26 West Broadway

Role: Project Architect [through schematic design, with Utile] Developer: Dwell Proper
Location: South Boston, MA
Completed: 2015
Size: 31 units, 46,000 SF, 6 stories

What if we fit 31 units on a lot with only 50′ of street frontage?

The transit-oriented 26 West Broadway is a 46,000 square foot mixed-use development in a radically transforming South Boston neighborhood. The six-story building is highly visible from the West Broadway Bridge and the Southeast Expressway. The project contains 4,000 square feet of ground-floor commercial space with 31 units of housing on the five floors above. The client came to Utile with the vision of providing condominium-quality design for a full-service rental project.

The project site presented the challenge of being very deep (146’ deep) with very narrow (50’) street frontage. Designing light and air wells into the building allowed for a denser overall development and creates accessible outdoor spaces in the building that connect to the second-floor lobby – the design of these light wells came after careful and creative consideration of code and unit layout.

Runcible founder Marilyn Moedinger was the Project Architect for this project while at Utile, and took the project through the conceptual and schematic design phases, including strategizing for approvals and the regulatory process.

“Marilyn’s design chops are easy to see just by looking at her work. But if I had to highlight what makes working with Marilyn as a developer such a pleasure, I’d point to two things: First, Marilyn knows construction. When making constructability decisions or comparing building systems, you can rely on Marilyn to provide both a designer’s and builder’s perspective on the challenge at hand. I could always count on her for a creative solution or (even better) a couple of options. Second, Marilyn’s ability to push the team is rare. I’ve worked with many architects, and Marilyn is second to none in her proactiveness and control of the huge variety of parallel deliverables a complex project demands.” – Jason Cincotta, Owner, Dwell Proper


[Photo credit: Gustav Hoiland]