Summer Street Stair and Ramp
Un-disrupted pedestrian access is critical in establishing strong urban neighborhoods. Utile was commissioned by Madison Properties to consider ways to re-establish connections in South Boston’s Seaport District. The Summer Street stair/ramp was conceived as a way to mitigate the 30’-0″ elevation change between the new convention center on Summer Street and the emerging seaport district to the southeast of Boston’s Downtown. The stair is strategically placed in anticipation of a newly planned avenue which is to be a major retail, cultural and hospitality spine linking the Convention Center to the Institute of Contemporary Art at the waterfront. Once completed, the tower will serve as a landmark for the Seaport District while also announcing cultural events at the urban scale.