Linden Street

Allston, MA

Client

Partners Properties LLC

Program

Three-building, 317,000 SF complex with 296 apartments and 52 condominiums – 14-story high rise, 6-story mid-rise and 4-story condo building – with 157 underground parking spaces, ground floor amenity / community space and public open spaces.

Challenge

To design an engaging, large-scale residential complex transitioning from a busy state highway streetscape to a quieter, smaller-scale residential neighborhood.

Solution

The design strategically places three buildings and two green spaces on the 1.8 acre site. Variations in building planes and setbacks, a rich palette of exterior materials, and the playful use of color frame active, public ground floor uses that engage residents and neighbors alike.

The 14-story tower adjacent to the state turnpike steps down to a mid-rise building and ultimately, to a low-rise condominium building along a secondary residential street. Proposed ground floor uses include a gallery and artist coworking space, as well as the tower’s lobby and amenities. Two green spaces created for the public include a quieter courtyard space, embraced by the two wings of the tower, and a 15,000 sf open public green in front of the mid-rise building.

As an active new neighbor, 20 Linden Street provides much-needed rental and ownership housing as well as new public spaces that facilitate community connections.