Olmsted Green MATTAPAN, MA
Olmsted Green creatively weaves a new neighborhood along the 65-acre Mass Audubon Nature Preserve, Boston’s largest open space. Targeting sustainable design principles, the 42-acre site, formerly Boston State Hospital, tightly clusters 520 residential units around garden courts oriented to long views of the pastoral setting, preserving existing trees and much open space. Mixing affordable rental and homeownership opportunities into distinct districts — including the “urban farm” and the “village center”– the residential architecture reflects the breadth of New England design traditions. In this unique, open-space setting in the middle of a city, the Olmsted Green Master Plan establishes a residential character that is not quite “city,” but definitely not suburban.