Project

Tech Incubator, Union Square

This proposal is located in Somerville, MA, a gentrifying neighborhood in close proximity to major research institutions in Cambridge. The client owns and operates a flower market on this parcel. The ground floor Flower Market doubles as a business and privately owned public space (POPS). It can even be transformed at night or during winter months to maximize the activities in the space and square. Above the market are four open floors for innovation / co-working/ maker spaces; and/ or civic (media or library) or hospitality spaces (hotel). An urban farm is planned for the roof. The elevated greenhouse is both symbolic and functional. The cantilevered roof is recognizable from the T-stop and acts as a light screen for the upper stories.

Location
Somerville, U.S.A

Client
Ricky’s Flower Market, Somerville MA (US)

Year
2014

Type
Concept

Area
11500m2

Program
mixed, public

Team
Alexander D’Hooghe, Aaron Weller, Yoon Young Cho

Collaborators
Ricky di Giovanni and Alison Hammer

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