PORT45 Wins 2018 PRISM Award

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South End Boston Roof Deck

MDLA is working with a client to develop a concept for their exterior roof deck spaces. The design will include custom seating, a fire table, dining spaces, a kitchen, and screen walls.  More to come soon:

PORT45 Featured in Boston Homes

Check out the latest press on one of our current projects, PORT45. This multi-family residential building will sit at the intersection of the Fort Point Channel, South Boston, South End and the Seaport neighborhoods. MDLA designed the streetscape and two greenroofs that sit atop the building's parking structure. The greenroofs provide a dramatic view from the units above while introducing much needed green space to the area.

Project Name: PORT45

Website: http://www.port45boston.com/

Location: Boston, MA

Construction: 2016-2017

Project Architect: ICON

Developer and General Contractor: Metric

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Coastal Maine Retreat

MDLA is working on conceptual drawings for a vacation home on the coast of southern Maine. Dramatic panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean and the Isles of Shoals can be seen from the moment you enter the informal woodland auto court.

Materials will consist of reclaimed, locally sourced granite for paving and steps, indigenous fieldstone for site walls, and native plantings such as blueberry, fern, and bayberry. A terraced lawn off the back of the home creates an overlook for a granite fire pit and seating area.

3D Visualization for the Landscape

To help visualize our ideas for these modest sidewalk and entry improvements in downtown Boston, we developed a series of 3D concepts for the client to review. The 3D rendering software that we use allows us to quickly and effectively create realistic renderings of our designs. The team can now review, manipulate vantage points, and understand the design at a level that was previously reserved for specialty visualization firms. What was once utilized to create flashy (and expensive) marketing graphics is now available to aid in the design process, all at an affordable price point.

The technology also enables us to produce video animations, allowing the user to pick fly-through angles that best suit the project and design. 


Historic Salem Property

MDLA is currently working on revitalizing the site of a former House of Seven Gables property which is being renovated into luxury condo units. The building, known as Emmerton Hall, was constructed in the early 1800's and was first occupied as a residence for Captain Joseph Waters. Throughout the years, the building served various uses before it was purchased in 1966 by The House of Seven Gables.

The landscape concept will respect the historic context of the property while adding continuity and additional "green" to the surrounding streetscape.

Existing Conditions

MDLA Completes Conceptual Site Plan for Multi-Family Project in Salem, MA

MDLA is working on a coastal multi-family residential development in Salem, MA with Seger Architects Inc. The landscape will provide valuable open space to residents and improved public access to Collins Cove. Low impact strategies such as native rain garden plantings and coastal buffers will aid in reducing stormwater runoff to the adjacent sensitive environmental areas.