Dazzling Checkerboard Green Roof Brings the Countryside to South Boston

by , 01/27/11

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Boston Fusion is part of a large development plan for a new green quarter in Boston, which will be called South Boston. Located near the waterfront, the 17 story building will combine apartments, office and retail space, making it a truly mixed use development. Penthouse apartments will occupy the top three floors, which will extend out onto a cascading green roof surface. Below the apartments are offices, cafés, shops and open green squares along with traversing pathways that will allow people to walk from the street level all the way to the top.

BayArch is collaborating with Danish company, Icopal, experts in roofing technologies, who will be heading up the green roof design and installation. Icopal has developed a number of products that will be integrated into the project including an air purifying roofing felt, a heat generating roof, integrated solar panels, and a green roof that helps infiltrate storm water and captures pollutants before hitting the city’s sewage system.

Bay-Jørgensen says, “As much as the inspiration from Beacon Hill represents the social sustainability, the project is also architecturally in line with the modern office buildings of Boston’s finance district, which represent the financial viability of Boston Fusion. The business part with the office rental service etc. will contribute to make the project profitable for both investors and developers. At the same time the integrated Eco Activ pro-environmental products from Icopal represent the sustainable energy supply.”


Green roofs have a ton of environmental benefits from reducing the urban heat island effect to insulating interior spaces to minimizing stormwater runoff. Plus Boston Fusion’s solar panels and other green features will help the development save money and reduce its carbon footprint while revitalizing the community.

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  1. Erik van Lennep February 13, 2011 at 5:32 am

    ….and as kmd78 mentioned…..there is already a “South Boston” community, been there for generations. Another case of developer-speak?

  2. Erik van Lennep February 13, 2011 at 5:29 am

    I (sort of) like the idea and imagery, but I do have some reservations about this kind of “exclusive public space”. I can’t imagine being an average member of the public, much less a neighborhood kid for instance, and having free access to any of that greenery. In an area starved for open spaces, it’s quite a tease then.

    If the sloping pathways are in fact public routes, then the experience at “street level” will be not very different from any other urban corridor. But I suspect that IF this get built now the financial and property bubbles are burst, that it will end up as a gated community.

    My bigger question is with INHABITAT. Too many of these projects are aspirational, which is fine as far as it goes, but should be flagged as proposals rather than misleading the reader to think they’ve been built. I’d love to see more completed projects, and beyond that, would love to see them a few years beyond completion to see how or if they have met the glowing expectations laid out by their designers and promoters. After all, we need real-world progress if we hope to change our situation.

  3. kmd78 January 28, 2011 at 12:48 pm

    “Boston Fusion is part of a large development plan for a new green quarter in Boston, which will be called South Boston.”

    Um, there is already a neighborhood in Boston called “South Boston”….?

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