Meet ECO the MHN Excellence Silver in ‘Mid-Rise’

See a slideshow of the award-winning entry by The Mount Vernon Co. and Prellwitz Chilinski Associates.

Allston, Mass.—A Silver winner in the MHN 2015 Excellence Awards Mid-Rise Category, ECO was developed by The Mount Vernon Co. of Boston as the final of eight new buildings in Allston’s Green District. The 91,570-square-foot, 104-unit ECO offers a stylish, urban alternative for those seeking eco-friendly, middle-income rental opportunities.

See the full list of MHN 2015 Excellence Award winners here.

The design, amenities and unit layouts of ECO reveal a departure from conventional multi-unit developments, which are built in most cases to appeal to as wide a cross section of renters as possible. The LEED Platinum certified community capitalizes on the potential of this urban outlier district overlooked by luxury developers, specifically addressing a need for housing for young professionals not yet ready to buy or pay top-market rents in established urban neighborhoods.

In the case of ECO, every detail of the tenant experience–from the street environment to community spaces–is part of a distinct brand design crafted by building architect Prellwitz Chilinski Associates to meet the needs of young urban professionals. Amenities include a two-level parking garage, tech bar, club room, community roof deck and a sky-view fitness center. Green resources are also available such as car charging, bike and car sharing, full recycling onsite and free hydration stations.

In The Green District, each building has its own character and feel within the context of eco-friendly living. ECO’s modern European design plays off of the efficient units and provides variety in the neighborhood. Multipurpose spaces allow for the flexibility of activities and group sizes. The strong brick corner tower, bold blue walls and floor-to-ceiling glass establish ECO’s unique identity. An outdoor planter and seating area, and views into the 24/7 activity in the social spaces within, create a friendly pedestrian experience.

Modern, high-efficiency design sets the tone inside, with predominantly open-plan studio units and a variety of inviting and comfortable shared community spaces for residents to socialize.The design celebrates these gathering spaces with playful lighting, pops of color, comfortable iconic furniture and the warmth of wood. Fully leased on opening day, ECO proves the viability of high quality, contemporary, sustainable housing for the middle market.