Serenity

Jamaica Plain, MA

Program

Design of 15-story, 195-unit multifamily residential complex with studio, one-, two-, three-bedroom units and townhouses, with a 100-car underground garage.

Sustainability

LEED Gold Certified

Challenge

To incorporate a 195-unit multifamily building and a 100-car underground parking garage on a 1 acre site along Boston’s historic Emerald Necklace.

Solution

The steeply sloping site is bounded by the Jamaicaway parklands and the urban streetscape of South Huntington Avenue. PCA’s approach features a 5 story brick podium with modern bay windows that relate to the neighborhood’s historic brick townhouses, and an elegant sculptural metal and glass tower that offers spectacular views of the City and park. The project conceals a 100-car underground parking garage that nestles into the steep hillside.

Along South Huntington Avenue the design enlivens the streetscape with a sidewalk café and convenient neighborhood-scale retail shops. A two-story lobby preserves views of the Jamaicaway, creating a sense of lightness and transparency.

The u-shaped ‘Parti’ frames an interior courtyard providing a landscaped oasis/gathering place for residents and visitors. Level 6 amenities include a sun-deck, swimming pool, fitness center and community function rooms.

PCA worked closely with the BCDC and the BRA’s urban design staff to craft an elegant solution that enabled the project to receive unprecedented community support.