Chelsea, MA

Wildflowers are used to re-surface the back of house and support spaces of a marine industrial facility located in Boston Harbor. The site is located at the seam between a residential community and the industrialized waterfront. The surrounding community is elevated on small hills supporting triple-decker residential buildings, which positions the ground surface of the dock area as the visual 'front-yard' of the neighbors. The project introduces wildflower seeding as an efficient ground re-surfacing strategy that simultaneously beautifies the view of this buffer landscape from the neighborhood and supports insects and birds, while also allowing the intermittent use of the landscape for industrial purposes. Vehicles and materials occasionally trample down the vegetation, which grows back in short time with maintenance and re-seeding.