Illumination preserves the rich history of the Industrial Revolution in a new light.

One of the features of this new development was its important history. The original building was a Ford Edsel factory which inspired the development “Assembly Row”. Eight of the original steel structures were preserved and placed along the waterfront as a gateway feature to the waterfront park. Lighting emphasized the massive open steel structure from within with only the pillars lit from below. These structures are visible from the town square as well as the waterfront and needed to be respectful of the residential neighborhood.

The public realm experience is brought to life through the use of color, texture, signage and specialty lighting strategies, all of which contribute to the creation of a vibrant urban district in Somerville. This $1.5 billion mixed-use neighborhood includes offices, stores, hundreds of homes, a new MBTA station, and a refurbished park. Major tenants, such as Legoland and AMC Cinemas, occupy the other levels allowing this parcel to be a true destination for retail and entertainment.

Project Highlights

• Custom catenary system
• Site lighting & controls


• Elkus Manfredi Architects (Architect for Block 1 & 4)
• Spagnolo Gisness & Associates (Architect for Block 3)
• Copley Wolff Design Group (Landscape Architect)


Project Background

• 1,750,000 square feet
• $1.5 billion

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