SEAMSCAPE emerged out of a competition to develop a plot of ecologically significant farmland bordering an intensive strip of commercial sprawl in Western Massachusetts. The challenge was to develop a large site, which varied economically, environmentally, functionally, and aesthetically, in a cohesive way which was sensitive to multiple overlapping functions. To accommodate this, we took the seam between two seemingly unrelated contexts as the departure point for a proposal which emphasizes mediation and reconciliation. While satisfying the programmatic requirements of development and growth, the project acknowledges and celebrates the disparate surrounding conditions - that of the shopping mall, housing, wetlands, farmland, and forest.
Status: Competition Entry
Location: Hadley, MA