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2017 Award Winners



Affordable, Multifamily


Jackson Commons


Roxbury, Massachusetts

Architect/Designer | Prellwitz Chilinski Associates

Builder | NEI General Contracting

Developer | Urban Edge Housing Corp.

Landscape Architect/Designer | Catherine Oranchak

Interior Designer | Prellwitz Chilinski Associates

Photographer | John Horner

Situated within a dense urban setting, with a limited site area, this community makes an ideal laboratory for reinventing the fundamentals of shelter. Departing from the characteristics of conventional 3-story residences, these living spaces are configured to maximize outdoor-living opportunities while protecting sight lines and maintaining privacy. The challenge was to design homes that provide useable outdoor areas on efficient, high-density, detached lots that are largely consumed by the building footprint. The design includes useable patio spaces at the ground level, a cantilever at the second floor master suite, and an expansive roof deck at the third floor. The home provides casual, outdoor family living opportunities within a planned-community setting that feels metropolitan.

From the Judges
fantastic; nice courtyard; so sophisticated with the outdoor living area in the front; nice; crisp piece of architecture; well-massed; well-detailed, for example, the second-floor recessed doors with lighting; how features align; grill and lighting; unusual and inviting; touch of wood on front elevation adds warmth; relationship between front outdoor space and large windows is fantastic; the metal panel (on front elevation) is so sophisticated.

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