Sited in the primary commercial center of Roxbury, and home to the region’s busiest bus station, Nubian Square is designed to enhance the public realm. Two new mixed-use buildings will offer 170 mixed-income units and 8,000 square feet of ground-floor retail space. To mitigate the height and preserve the street wall context, the larger condominium building mass will be set back from the street’s edge, locating taller elements toward the center and rear of the site. The smaller multifamily structure will be set at five stories to match with the existing Boston Police substation. Each building will embody its own architectural character, further integrating the 288,190 square foot development into the diverse architectural context of the neighborhood.
The light warm material palette will pay homage to the neighborhood’s existing buildings while introducing a more modern aesthetic. A composite metal panel rainscreen cladding system with sandstone coloring is intended to pair nicely with the Boston Police substation’s stone façade. Likewise, to break up the façade in select locations, similar color metal panels will be used to provide interest and rhythm. Several areas of full-height window walls will offer prominent views of downtown Boston. The dark metallic window frames and accent material will be indicative of the metallic tones of the surrounding buildings.
To heighten the pedestrian experience, Nubian Square will provide a generous sidewalk, complete with a new bike lane and street trees, a plaza with a water feature, NAACP offices, and a cafe with outdoor seating. The residential entries and offices will be strategically placed along Dudley Street to enliven the streetscape and integrate with the retail storefront. A shared central courtyard will pair with other resident amenities such as concierge services, a community room, private event space, fitness center, sky lounge, roof deck, and both interior and exterior bicycle storage to provide a comprehensive live, work, play hub. Designed to achieve LEED Gold Certification, this new transit-oriented community is a strategic approach to sustainable urban development, where people and traffic mix to make healthy, green, and livable streets.