Community Food Co-Op

Dorchester, MA –

DREAM Collaborative was commissioned to design a new 22,000 sf mixed-use building for Dorchester Bay EDC’s and Dorchester Community Food Cooperative’s new home. The primary design challenge was to create a modern and iconic structure that meets the needs of the building’s tenants and attracts patrons while still respecting the scale, feel, and organic nature of the surrounding neighborhood.

The design achieves a successful relationship between the new building and the existing neighborhood context with emphasis on the right scale, the right materials, location of entries, ratio of opaque vs. transparent areas and the relationship between the key program elements. With added attention to maximizing the location’s accessibility by pedestrians, public transportation, and vehicular traffic, the new building will allow the client to better execute their mission of providing economic opportunity and healthy affordable food to the community.

Client:  Dorchester Community Food Cooperative

Services:  Architecture