RADIUS Apartments

Allston, MA

Client

The Mount Vernon Company

Program

171,244 SF apartment building with 132 units (122,814 SF), 5,000 SF of retail, 4,000 SF roof deck and parking for 108 cars and 132 bikes.

Sustainability

LEED Gold for Homes Anticipated

Solution

This 5 and 6-story multifamily housing development creates a welcoming gateway into the City of Boston, acting as a catalyst for thoughtful development in the area.

The building responds to its urban context on one side, and its residential neighborhood context on the other with a range of sophisticated materials and textures, creating a visual rhythm that breaks down the building mass to create a human scale. A ground floor program including retail, a window-side work bar, art wall, workshop for bike repair or art projects, a pet spa and a multitude of lounge seating adds vibrant, 24/7 street level activity while shielding the parking from view.

The entire top floor is devoted to residential amenity spaces, allowing every tenant to enjoy a view of the Charles River and the City of Boston. An inviting roof deck claims nearly half of the space, with grilling stations, fire pits, outdoor TV, a game area, and bar. A fully equipped club room opens out to additional outdoor seating under a retractable canvas awning. Inside, a starry-skied mindfulness room and a large fitness studio complete with expansive views and proximity to a roof deck dog-run invite residents to relax and better themselves inside of the sustainably designed building.

Inspired by the building’s proximity to the Charles River, PCA’s interior design team subtly introduced riverside references into the design. The use of natural elements and a mix of wood and teal accents create a classic aesthetic with a modern edge.

Publications

Curbed Boston
January 6, 2016
“Brighton’s 580 Western Avenue Swings for Curving Boldness”