Boston – Hood Park, the 20-acre, mixed-use development in the heart of Boston’s Charlestown neighborhood, announced it has received two awards for the innovative design of 6 Stack Street, the campus’ half-acre public green and custom Landry’s Bicycles Service Center.
The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) recognized 6 Stack Street with the Honor Award for General Design and the International Architecture Awards (IAA) recognized 6 Stack Street with an award for Public Space. It is the only project from the U.S. to be recognized by the IAA in the Public Space category.
The elevated, half-acre public green includes an interior wood-clad bike pavilion located underneath. In their respective award announcements, both the IAA and ASLA praised the unique, sloped topography of 6 Stack Street’s green that serves as an innovative buffer for the Hood Park campus, protecting it from noise and pollution caused by the surrounding interstate and nearby industrial areas. Intentionally designed to proactively address environmental issues, the sloped design also raises the project out of future coastal flooding zones and provides stormwater storage to accommodate runoff for current and future buildings on-site.
Native plantings play an important role in the sustainable design of 6 Stack Street. Located primarily on the second-floor roof deck of 6 Stack Street, these plants serve to cleanse the air of nearby pollutants, mitigate the urban heat-island effect and enhance the natural beauty of the site. The second-floor roof deck with its native plantings connects to 6 Stack Street’s sloped lawn by a universally accessible path that coalesces at a street-level stage. This street-level stage serves as a community gathering spot for Hood Park’s many community events including farmers markets and live music performances.
Inside 6 Stack Street’s interior bike pavilion, there are over 70 bike racks, repair services, storage lockers and publicly accessible showers, all of which are managed by Landry’s Bicycles, one of the retail tenants at Hood Park. The bike pavilion was designed by Elkus Manfredi and demonstrates the eco-friendly options available both inside and outside of 6 Stack Street for those who live or work at Hood Park.
“The Hood Park team is committed to promoting sustainable design throughout our site that serves the Greater Charlestown community for generations to come,” said Chris Kaneb, manager of Hood Park LLC. “We are grateful to our many project partners, particularly Offshoots and Elkus Manfredi, and the IAA and ASLA for recognizing 6 Stack Street’s innovative, resilient design. We hope 6 Stack Street continues to serve as an eco-friendly, community gathering space for all to enjoy.”