Viola's undulating form creates space for a new urban plaza and a highly textured street wall for one of the historic Back Bay’s last undeveloped sites.

Viola is a new mixed-use development to be located on a platform above the Massachusetts Turnpike in southern Downtown Boston. The project will include residences, a boutique hotel, retail, and an entrance to a new MBTA station.

The design seeks to re-establish the traditional Back Bay street-wall with an economical structural framing strategy that is guided by the highway and tunnel geometry of the Turnpike below. The building's undulating form is a direct result of the structural requirements, but also offers urban design benefits. The curved segments connect the two geometries into a single cohesive form, while creating additional open space at the sidewalk level at the reopened Boylston Street T entrance opposite St. Cecilia Street.

The sculptural form and Terracotta coloring of Viola is meant to complement the neighborhood's historical facades along Newbury Street. The facade along Massachusetts Avenue has a generous linear plaza to promote ample transit “elbow room” and mark the gateway transition between the Fenway and Back Bay in this gateway location.


Design Architect Architect of Record

Design Partner(s)

Associate Architect - Utile, Inc. Transit Architect - HDR