East Village Condominiums (Boston Mass.)

Cheapshitcondos received an email asking for some feedback on a condo project slated to begin construction later this year just outside of Boston, Massachusetts. Included are some design elevations. Please include your own comments too…

I came across your website, and I agree with your observations. I am designing a condo project here in Massachusetts, and was wondering if you wouldn’t mind critiquing it for me.
I am getting these condos approved in Lynn, Mass. It is a lower income city 11 miles north of Boston, Mass.
I am building 4 buildings, each with 36 or 38 units. I would love your thoughts, keep in mind that these condos are going to sell for $119,900 to $189,900 in a very high priced region of the country.

Thank you very much, Dave Potter

With regard to appearances we feel the building is getting too multiple-colored and has smallish windows.
Large windows make people happier.
We appreciate the relatively simple shape of the building which avoids the cobbled together bargain shed and shipping container look. It’s just our opinion, but for a nice sense of symmetry
we feel the domed windows on the roof line could be repeated on the other side too, if possible. We also hope the units will have tall ceilings.
Tall ceilings make people happier.

Lastly, we would like to see these building able to change shape into a free-standing robot, à la Transformers, which would make everyone happier.



9 thoughts on “East Village Condominiums (Boston Mass.)”

  1. Also, wire the peak for a sign. That way, if you have trouble selling the condos, you can sell to the Hilton Corporation – looks just like a Hampton Inn. Or Best Western. Or Travelodge. Or La Quinta. If it’s got an atrium, it could be a Doubletree. If it’s got an atrium and all condos have at least two rooms, it could even be an Embassy Suites.

  2. The carports should be decorated with brass-colored styrofoam eagles, to emphasize regional integrity.

    Only a minority of windows have shutters. (The shutters should be decorated with brass-colored styrofoam eagles, to emphasize regional integrity.) The undemocratic (not good so near the birthplace of our Nation!) shutter distribution looks cheap.The shutters are already clearly simply decorative because they are not wide enough to cover the windows. As already noted, the smaller windows are too small. You could slice the shutters down the middle and put the free halves on the shutterless windows. That way all windows would have shutters, and the small windows would pop and appear larger. Of course, you’d be out the price of labor, brackets and screws.

    Speaking of brackets, bracketing is a reasonable practice in photography, but not in building “design”. With 10 facade elements and six colors, you still have (10 to the sixth) minus 4= 999,996 more combinations to inflict on the citizenry in hope of a lucking upon a few that work.

    Take a walk around Harvard Square. Notice that larger colonial buildings do not look like piles of smaller colonial buildings. It would be tragic if reading this site has inspired you to make the mistake that NW “architects” make with faux Craftsman agglomerations.

  3. The patchwork quilt color scheme has got to go! Nobody wants that many haphazard panels of exterior color. It does not liven up the design or do anything for the aesthetics. No!

  4. I want to stick a pin in that building and use it for a lesson in probability. What’re the chances you’ll land on blue, brown, gray, green, red…

  5. I suggest instead of investing in the crappy mini shutters, provide some built in planter boxes so that people are more likely to do window flowers or greenery. If you show the places with some plants already in, that’ll give people a head start on planting and some insight into how much plants will help any design. Lose the shutters.

  6. Thanks for asking. Hopefully you’re also working with your neighborhood councils to get community feedback as well. I second the removal of the too small shutters, and think it would be better to add some kind of plant growing support as well. Urban food and greenery is making quite a comeback these days. Finally, how about toning down the super multi-colored exterior. Choose a few colors and go with that, and use as high quality materials as possible given your cost constraints. It is hideous to live around the eroding remnants of a ten year old crap building. Good luck!

  7. I wonder if the architect chose the bold, multicolored approach in hopes to distract the residents in such a way that they’ll forget they’re living right next door to the factory which produces Marshmallow Fluff?

  8. I advise careful consideration of exterior colors. The prevailing trend in color choices appears to be inspired by test tube contents in a pathology lab.

  9. They keep trying to sell turds just by painting them nice bright colors. A polished turd is still a turd! Fancy shutters and such only make it a “premium” polished turd!

    Let’s go back to when we actually built things for the right reasons – necessity, aesthetics, and to fit the local designs.

    This building would fit in next to a Denny’s.

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