Since the 19th-century building on the Keystone site collapsed in 2004, construction fencing has stretched the length of this now-empty lot — an unwelcome blight on an otherwise healthy stretch of one of downtown New Bedford's main streets.
OverUnder was hired to envision a temporary public use for the space while MassDevelopment engaged potential developers. Through a collaborative process with local stakeholders and businesses, we are proposing a covered market, playspace, and lounge area for residents and visitors alike. A covered greenhouse anchors the space at the center, with play space and food vendors flanking on either side. A modular system of vibrantly-colored welding curtains provides maximal programmatic flexibility.