80 Williams Street

Wellesley, Massachusetts

 

Client:  Equity Office Properties

Year Complete:  2012

 

Project Team:  KZLA

Photography:  Christian Phillips

Contractor:  Xquisite Landscaping

 

Recognition:  2013 Boston Society of Landscape Architects Award

 

In order to re-brand a commercial office building that was available for lease, the owner renovated the building interior and asked KZLA to develop a design for the building entry. KZLA saw this as an opportunity to create an exterior space that would foster social interaction among the building users, remove excess pavement, introduce more green space, and to be viewed from the office windows above. Linear bands of planting and paving slide past each other in this bold graphic design. Four seasons of interest were considered with the planting design.

 

The project was a fast-tracked with design taking place in July and August and construction in October and November. Public and Town of Wellesley review of the project was included in the Design Review Board process.