Announcement | February 17, 2015

22 Tarrytown Road Workforce Housing Receives the Boston Society of Architect’s Housing Design Award Citation


The Boston Society of Architects (BSA) awarded 22 Tarrytown Road Workforce Housing with its prestigious Housing Design Award Citation at the BSA Design Awards Gala on January 29, 2015 in Boston, MA.


Jury comments: “With massing articulated in a series of vertical volumes to break up its horizontality, this well-designed project looks great—not at all like affordable housing.”


Working closely with Westhab, Inc., Magnusson Architecture and Planning, PC (MAP) designed this affordable rental development, which is three-stories tall and contains 28 rental units for workforce families. The new structure replaces a distressed motel that had been used as a homeless shelter.


“Replacing a homeless shelter with attractive, high quality affordable housing truly is poetic justice. 22 Tarrytown Rd. has become a wonderful community for the 28 families that call the building home,” says Richard Nightingale, President and Chief Executive Officer at Westhab, Inc.


Despite initial community resistance to the project, demand for its units far exceeded supply: 450 applications were filed for 28 available units, which range from studios to two-bedrooms for low-income individuals and families.


“Working on a tight budget and dealing with community resistance to affordable housing, we created a building that beautifies the neighborhood and provides a healthy living environment for workforce families” says Fernando Villa, AIA, LEED AP BD +C the project’s designer and Principal at MAP.


The building design maximizes the amount of daylight provided to the apartments with generous fenestrations and glazing. The east and west exposures are controlled by sunshade elements, such as balconies, wood shutters and awnings.


The 6,000 square foot green roof reduces peak storm water runoff. Both the green roof and area is generously landscaped with native flora and fauna creating a natural buffer along property lines.


The building recently received LEED for Homes certification at the Silver level and is compliant with NYSERDA Energy Star and NYSERDA Multi-Family Performance Program.



Magnusson Architecture and Planning (MAP) is an award-winning, full-service architecture and planning firm in New York City committed to sustainable development that builds vibrant, healthy communities. The firm’s specializations include housing, educational and community facilities, healthcare facilities, commercial developments, and community planning. MAP’s clients include community groups, agencies, municipalities, institutions, real estate developers, schools and non-profits in the New York City region, such as The Community Builders, The Doe Fund, Volunteers of America, CPC Resources, Inc., L+M Development Partners, Columbia University, Lutheran Social Services of Greater New York, Procida, Enterprise Foundation, St. Nicks Alliance, Douglaston Development, The Housing Collaborative, the South Bronx Overall Economic Development Corporation, and the Fifth Avenue Committee.


To view BSA award information click here.