Mayflower Flats is a six to ten story high performance residence that will be the first all timber, Passive House certified mid rise construction on the East coast. Named after the Massacusetts state flower, Mayflower Flats’ corten steel facade and punched openings reference the flat fronted row houses scattered throughout Boston’s South End.
Placetailor views this building as an inversion to standard mid-rise typology, a steel skin on a wood structure. Its alternative nature and energy efficiency are baked in, right down to its foundation.
Studies reflect siding options, vertical gardens, and glazing options. The scheme is dictated by site, building performance and structure. Cross Laminated Timbers (CLTs) are being proposed as part of an advanced building system that reduces carbon foot-print, increases building performance, and speeds up assembly through pre-fabricated panels constructed off-site. The glazing choices reference the South Ends vernacular, while offering a modern approach to the typical row house facade. The gardens and roof plantings reference the site’s history as a flower shop.