2024 Boston Olympic Village
In approaching the site as an Olympic Village, we saw the opportunity to transform a part of South Boston that currently has little cohesion into a place with a clear urban center and a unifying identity that would last well beyond the Olympics. In order to achieve this, we focused on the ideas of edge and center.
For the edge, an active waterfront wraps around the entire site, knitting together new and old fabric with shared places of recreation and commerce, creating value and public amenities for both. A series of locks control the water flow and level, allowing the waterfront to serve different uses. In conjunction with a constructed wetland, the locks also help protect the area from storm surge flooding and future sea level rise. For the center, a public park creates a core around which smaller housing districts are grouped, each with its own private courtyard. The smaller courtyards serve as yard and garden spaces for the residents. Each district has a design scale and character which relates back to the existing urban context.
CASIS is an organization charged with revealing the value of NASA and space research to scientists, private enterprises, and the general public. Conceptually, CASIS acts as a force on NASA -- breaking it open – and in that fracturing allows for new connections and ways of understanding.
The idea of fracturing manifests in the building as a way of separating the different program elements. In the project, CASIS and the public visitor education component have distinct forms.
These fractured masses are then reconstituted into a unified building by introducing a connective skin that not only joins the forms, creating enclosure, but also organizes the building’s circulation. That skin serves to mediate the varying levels of privacy, from the open lower levels to the more divided upper-levels.