Designed to help improve the lives of high-cost users of health care, Boston Road provides 154 units for formerly homeless adults, many of them seniors and living with HIV/AIDS, as well as low-income, working adults from the South Bronx.
The building's internal layout places equal emphasis on private rooms and communal spaces. Shared areas include multi-purpose rooms to accommodate social services and tenant meetings. In addition, there is a large patio and garden, a roof terrace, computer lab, exercise room, bicycle storage and laundry.
The waving ceiling of the lobby refers to the geology and topography of the site, where a large rock of schist stood exposed to the weather. The building has been designed for Energy Star rating. Energy-efficient elements include a green roof and a building management system that regulates electrical, cooling, and lighting systems. Low and non-VOC content finishes are used throughout the interiors to provide a healthy environment for tenants.
This project received multiple awards in 2017: It was a finalist in the Urban Land Institute of New York's Excellence in Housing Development Awards; it received an Excelsior Award of Merit for Public Architecture from the AIA New York State chapter; it won best affordable and supportive development in the SARA Design Awards; and won in the multi-unit residential building category for Interior Design's NYCxDesign awards.