Office Building, Somerville, MA

Roof terrace with plant bed and seating area
project profile data
Area: 930 m²
Construction year: 2016
Contractor: Recover Green Roofs, Somerville, MA
System build-up: “Heather with Lavender” with Floradrain® FD 40-E

Avigilon, Canadian provider of video surveillance software and equipment and security solutions, opened a new research and development centre in Somerville, located near Boston’s Technology Hub in 2016. The building is situated amidst an award-winning mixed-use area on the Mystic River and offers the occupants great views of the waterfront. Nine separate garden areas have been realised and planted with different grasses and perennials giving the terraces a special charm and a light and breezy ambience. Built-on-site seatwalls capped with floating cedar slats create natural gathering spaces on the roof, and integrated lighting provides an inviting ambience day or night.

  • Man sitting on a bench and enjoying view on a roof garden
    The rooftop offers spectacular views of the Mystic River.
  • Roof garden with grasses
    Nine separate garden areas have been realised.
  • Ornamental grasses
    Various grasses give the terraces a light and breezy ambience.
  • Ornamental grasses
  • Purple flowers amidst grasses
    Colourful perennials add vibrancy.
  • Roof terrace with plant bed and bench
    Floradrain® FD 40-E ensures a safe drainage of excess water under the elements to the roof drains.
  • Roof terrace with walkways and a curved bench
    Seatwalls create natural gathering spaces on the roof.
  • Curved bench and plant bed with grasses
    Built-on-site seatwalls are capped with floating cedar slats.
  • Walkways and plant bed
    Floradrain® FD 40-E was used as a permanent formwork for the curb and seatwalls.