Design Approach

Knit the neighborhood back together.

Create a new line of connection along Bunker Hill Street with active storefronts, landscaping, and a restored street grid. 

Tell Charlestown's story. 

Layer the site's rich history into landscape architecture and cultural programming. Potential stories include:

Redevelopment will occur on urban fill already layered above Revolutionary War-era land. 

Redevelopment will occur on urban fill already layered above Revolutionary War-era land. 

Patriots of Color

Sarah Hale

Sarah Hale

Boston school desegregation/busing

Reflect Charlestown's character with architecture.

Complement fine-grained urban fabric with historic sensitivty and multiple architects working to create design variety on each block. 

Create a safe, walkable and inviting neighborhood.

Activate sidewalks, prioritize pedestrians, and foster social interaction among diverse residents and neighbors.

Artist's rendering of Bunker Hill at Polk Street.

Artist's rendering of Bunker Hill at Polk Street.

Use the same design for affordable and market-rate units. 

Hold all units to the same high standard regardless of their affordable or market-rate designation. 

Resident Visioning Session Residents of the Bunker Hill Apartments produced these design boards in a vision workshop. They show that the residents of affordable units value many of the same amenities that the market-rate units will provide.  

Resident Visioning Session
Residents of the Bunker Hill Apartments produced these design boards in a vision workshop. They show that the residents of affordable units value many of the same amenities that the market-rate units will provide.  

Put front doors on the street. 

Create neighborhood streets with front doors, steps, and porches that open to the street. 

Build two new parks; give each one a unique character and role. 

Introduce a square for reflection on history and a common for gathering with neighbors.

Concept ideas for the "Bunker Hill Square" on Monument Street.

Concept ideas for the "Bunker Hill Square" on Monument Street.

Concept ideas for the "Bunker Hill Commons" in the interior of the site. 

Concept ideas for the "Bunker Hill Commons" in the interior of the site. 

Replace surface parking with green space. 

Hide cars in safe underground garages and cap them with landscaped roofs that create beautiful courtyards.