The main purpose of the scheme is that of establishing a basic urban system at Brickbottom. A large square of about 60 x 300 m, surrounded by slender 20 m high arcades, draws dimensions bold enough to steadily confront North-American metropolitan quantities and numbers. The arcaded loop contains a 1 ha urban park and offers a protected circuit around it. Urban blocks can conveniently plug into the outside distributing commercial spaces on the first two floors and residential/tertiary functions above. A 65 storey high-rise building stands out to establish a landmark, visible from Boston and Cambridge. Taking advantage of the convenient location and accessibility level, constructions for about 400.000 sqm were condensed in order to reasonably contribute to financing essential works of urban rehabilitations, such as replacing the McGarth highway with a surface boulevard and the construction of an urban green system of about 10 ha, reconnected to the fluvial corridors.
location: Somerville, Boston USA
competition: international, 2006
competition: Municipality of Somerville
land area: 15 ha
floor area: 400.000 sqm
design: Roberto Pasini, Davide Canali, Andrea Ranieri