Brookline’s new Hilton Garden Inn hotel, which introduces a new, iconic design direction for the brand, sits between the bustling Longwood Medical Area and quaint Brookline Village. This unique urban intersection created distinct design parameters that called for a hotel with an unimposing mass, but one that could also accommodate substantial visitor flows. The volume was sculpted to step down to meet Frederick Law Olmstead’s Emerald Necklace without casting shadows there and its graceful curves create a soft street corner. Fritted glass permits privacy in guest rooms and dampens exterior sunlight reflection. Each design move was considered carefully by the community for this milestone project.