Podium Alternatives

As a rock-paper-scissors alternative to the Toronto podium-and-tower, consider the street-level infill solution of this fine example on West Street in Downtown Boston. In this case, the typologically determined C-shape of the light-and-air determined pre-war masonry office building plan is carried to the ground – and an infill piece, with a lighter metal frame expression, is added to define the street wall. Genius!



Egress Snout


Proving that Worcester is a treasure trove of unintended architectural lessons, I discovered this triple decker on Tuesday. There are no windows in the stair, despite plenty of available surfaces. Interestingly, you would never know that you were in an additive “outie” when using the stair. It would seem no different than walking down a stair buried deep in the plan.