2008 Boston Society of Architects Small Firms/Small Projects Award
Photography: Kent Dayton
Architect Stern McCafferty transformed this 19th Century Federal Style townhouse in Boston’s South End into a modern, light-filled, live and work environment. The parlor level accommodates the owners’ graphic design and marketing studio, while the upper floors were designed as a modern residence for a family of three.
At 2,000 square feet over five floors, the building is compact and efficient. The design relies on a strict palette of locally sourced natural materials and careful, minimalist detailing. Open floor plans and translucent materials allow natural light to penetrate into living areas. The building was designed to be passively cooled; large exhaust fans are located at the roof and the open, wood-clad stairwell is used as a large shaft to pull heated air up and out of the building in the summer.