The Alexander Company and Bear Development partnered to deliver a high-quality, affordable, workforce housing community to the Town of Madison and City of Fitchburg. The collection of six buildings – ranging from 17,000 to 35,000 square feet each, is organized around a central green space and clubhouse building. With the goal of creating a unique sense of place and vibrant community, Artisan Village embraces a robust amenity package and variety of apartment styles – from live/work apartments catering to the creative community, to lofts and flats with tuck-under garage parking.
Artisan Village features a wide array of community amenities to match the interests of all residents, including but not limited to: a centralized clubhouse; a fitness center with state-of-the-art equipment; a tech lounge; shared kitchen and dining area for entertaining; gathering spaces with billiards, lounge seating, and a comfortable pull-up bar to work from home; a package room under 24/7 surveillance; centralized gardens and green space; an outdoor living room with a fireplace, bocce ball, and grilling stations.
A variety of apartments were designed as live/work spaces catering to anyone with a home-based business. These apartments have private storefront entries, custom signage opportunities, 11-foot ceilings, expansive open living spaces, at-the-door parking, polished concrete floors, and complimentary marketing consulting services. Together these features create a flexible work area that seamlessly segues into a comfortable living space.
The intent was to present a building-forward design with parking screened from view. Design further reflects contextual, modern, flat-roofed architectural stylings along Novation Parkway, with a more residential building design for buildings fronting the existing single-family residences. Further consideration was given to the existing single-family residences by using landscaping and detached garages as a buffer at shared property lines.