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.
Tech Incubator, Union Square
Ricky’s Flower Market, Somerville MA (US)
Alexander D’Hooghe, Aaron Weller, Yoon Young Cho
Ricky di Giovanni and Alison Hammer