Mystic River Activity Center, Somerville, MA

Mystic River Activity Center, Somerville, MA

Scope
New construction
7,000 sf

Placed against the buzzing traffic of Interstate-93 entering Boston, the Mystic Activity Center takes its inspiration from the streaming flow of vehicles and matches the highway’s curves in its lined masonry block wall. At night, the light fixtures accentuate the curve and texture of the wall, echoing the headlights and drawing the attention of the passing cars. The high, thick wall facing the highway buffers the sunny brick-faced interior courtyard with its enclosed wings and gently curving interior entrance canopy.

The only common building for over 1,000 residents of two public housing developments, the Center provides meeting areas, a computer education facility, childcare space, security offices, and room for a variety of service agencies under the auspices of the Somerville Housing Authority.