Spring Street Apartments is situated in the heart of Amherst, Massachusetts. Host to the oldest college consortium in the United States, Amherst has experienced growing demand for a variety of housing types. Spring Street offers furnished micro-units to graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, researchers, and young professionals seeking convenient and worry-free housing.
The site is proximate to the historic Lower Jeffrey Inn and Amherst College’s South Quad. It also shares a block with the 150-year-old Grace Episcopal Church, a circa-1890 town hall, and a Masonic lodge. Our design for this innovative development is unmistakably contemporary, yet harmonious with the storied structures surrounding it. The twin gable brick-clad building offers an attractive storefront meant for a café that opens onto a terrace on a raised plinth. We expect the future café tenant and terrace to provide an amenity for residents and to enrich Amherst’s street life. Inside, the 12-foot-wide units incorporate kitchen, laundry, closet space, sleeping, eating, and studying in one compact and efficient plan. This flexibility in tight quarters is achieved through casework that includes a Murphy bed and a retractable table that doubles as both a desk and dining table that seats four to six people.