Hailed as a model for smart growth and mixed-use development in dense urban centers, Alta Union House transforms a long-underutilized site across from Framingham’s central park, situated in close proximity to the commuter rail station. With 196 units and 2,587 square feet of ground-floor retail space, this modern five-story building dramatically alters the face of this growing city by adding density, increasing walkability and reducing reliance on cars.
TAT’s design solution for Alta Union House strikes an approachable and contextual tone, with yellow brick façade elements that echo nearby historic structures as well as bay windows and balconies that create visual interest and activity. Offering one-, two-, and three-bedroom units of up to 1,400 square feet in size, the building also has shared outdoor space split between three courtyards. Directly connected to indoor amenities, the smallest courtyard offers bistro-style seating along adjacent Howard Street. The mid-sized courtyard activates a strip of land between Alta Union House and a neighboring building called The Kendall, with seating, a grilling area, and outdoor movie projection for residents. Residents also share a fitness center with Peloton bikes, a saltwater pool, dedicated bicycle storage, and a tech lounge for those who want to work from home. Interior design by CBT Architects.