Merge Architects

Merge Architects

Boston, MA


Penn Street Lofts

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Penn Street Lofts incorporates loft-style condos on the site of a former granite carving factory, packing six units into a tight box defined by the allowable zoning and a strict parking requirement. Strategic placement of volumes allows for interlocking layouts featuring 17-foot-tall ceilings in each unit’s living area. These unique double-height spaces are represented on the façade with balcony voids highlighted by bright green wall panels. The recess of each unit’s balcony frames views into and out of the building, operating as a cinematic space contained within the warm red cedar surface of the building. 

The building is a new prototype for navigating the anticipated changes in its recently re-zoned neighborhood. As a transition in scale between adjacent single-family homes and future high-density, multi-use programs within a transit-oriented village development, this project proposes a new urban agenda for Quincy’s growth – the lofts are a repeatable model that looks to the city’s future while acknowledging its rich past.

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Status: Built
Location: Quincy, MA, US
Firm Role: Architect
Additional Credits: Structural Engineer: Evan Hankin, PE
General Contractor: Touchstone
Photography: John Horner Photography
Photography: Silvia Illia