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Mar 11, 2020
Höweler + Yoon & Sasaki Announce Groundbreaking for 212 Stuart Street
Höweler + Yoon and Sasaki today announced the groundbreaking for the 212 Stuart Street residential tower located in the historic Bay Village neighborhood in downtown Boston. The project was carried through the permitting process by Boston-based Transom Real Estate and is currently being developed by Greystar Real Estate Partners. The project received approval from the BPDA in summer 2017 and by the Boston Landmarks Commission in late 2018. The building will be developed on a 7,714 square-foot parcel located within Boston's “High-Spine”.
Sasaki served as the Project Architect in collaboration with Höweler + Yoon as the Design Architect. The project will include the construction of a 150,000 square-foot 19-story building containing 126 units with two townhouses and retail space on the ground level.
“The design of 212 Stuart Street is rooted in the idea that the tall building operates at multiple scales in the city,” says Eric Höweler, Principal of Höweler + Yoon. “When viewed from a distance, the building meets the sky with a distinctive silhouette and participates in the composition of the city's skyline. When experienced from the sidewalk, the building meets the ground and activates the streetscape in its immediate context.”
The site of 212 Stuart Street is currently a vacant parking lot between the Bay Village Neighborhood, and the Stuart Street corridor. “Context, here, is everything,” says Sasaki principal Victor Vizgaitis, AIA. “The entire genesis of the project came from looking for a way to moderate between two markedly different areas of the city.” The narrow building presents two distinct faces that each acknowledge the surrounding neighborhoods: the low rise residential neighborhood to the south, and the mixed fabric of the "High Spine" corridor to the north.
The building massing is broken up into a ‘coursed block,’ organized into discrete blocks of 3, 4, 5, and 6 story packages. The exterior is articulated to emphasize the vertical grain of the building with irregularly spaced opaque panels, alternating with recessed glass infill panels. The vertical panels consist of custom, multi-story precast panels with a concave, scalloped geometry.
“Considering the explicit historical concern in the neighborhood, we studied fluted geometries as a way to express depth and texture on the facade. Fluted columns themselves were constructed by stacking individual sections around a central core,” says Höweler. “This part-to-whole relationship satisfies the drive to maintain historical character, and yet the results are surprisingly contemporary.”
The heavy relief texture of the facade will create a unique optical effect, as well as some self- shading on the eastern and western exposures. Glazing for the residential units takes the form of a multi-story, recessed window wall with spandrel glass between the precast panels.
The penthouse floor is a single-loaded organization with an outdoor amenity deck to the south. The ground floor contains the lobby and retail spaces with storefront glazing facing the northern, more commercial side of Stuart Street. The southern portion of the ground floor consists of two walk-up townhouses accessible directly from Shawmut Street. These ‘new neighbors’ respond directly to the existing townhomes across the street and maintain an active residential frontage.
“Townhouses change the character of a tall residential building,” says Vizgaitis. “Particularly when they are well-detailed at their public face and set into a landscape that meshes with the city fabric, the building transforms from anonymous and controlled to something that feels personal and part of the neighborhood.”
Renderings courtesy of Luxigon
Feb 08, 2020
Demolition Underway for 212 Stuart Street Development
Demolition is underway to begin construction at 212 Stuart Street. Development plans have been approved on the site for a 19-story residential building with additional retail space. The new building will include 130 rental apartments with approximately 3,000 square feet of ground-floor retail.
Jan 29, 2020
Bay Village Development Site Acquired for $17.699 Million
The property at 212 Stuart Street in Boston's Bay Village has been acquired by Greystar for $17,699,998.
The approved 19-story tower that will feature 131 residential rental apartments with approximately 3,000 square feet of ground-floor retail.
Apartments will range from studios to three-bedrooms. Resident amenities will include an outdoor landscaped rooftop deck with a southern exposure, common space and bicycle storage. Associated public realm improvements will also be made to the adjacent Church Street public plaza.
Jan 21, 2020
Brookfield Properties & New England Development Named New Master Developers for Union Point
Brookfield Properties in partnership with New England Development have been named the new master developer for Union Point in Weymouth. The group will be the 4th master developer for the nearly 1500 acre site. The decision comes months after LStar was terminated from the project in February 2019. Long term plans for the site call for nearly 4,000 housing units, up to 6 million square feet of commercial space, plus ample open space.
Nov 26, 2019
Permit Pulled for Test Borings at City Hall Plaza
A permit has been pulled for a series of test boring across Boston's City Hall Plaza. Upcoming renovations to the plaza will include updated civic spaces and programming capabilities, as well as added infrastructure that will make the Plaza more sustainable. The renovation also includes 3,000 new welcoming spaces for residents to sit, 12,000 square feet of playscapes for children and families, and 11,000 square feet of terraces for pop-up play and interactive public art.
Nov 05, 2019
Permit Pulled for Demo at 212 Stuart Street
A permit has been pulled to demolish the single bay service garage that sits on the site at 212 Stuart Street in Bay Village. This demo will make way for the approved 19 story tower to feature 131 residential rental apartments and approximately 3,000 square feet of ground-floor retail space. Apartments will range from studios to three-bedrooms with resident amenities to include a landscaped rooftop deck.
Nov 02, 2019
Akamai Moves into New Headquarters at 145 Broadway in Kendall Square
On November 1, Akamai Technologies held a ribbon-cutting celebration marking the grand opening of their new global headquarters at 145 Broadway in Kendall Square. The new headquarters consolidates six of the internet technology company’s local offices, allowing 2,000 employees in the area to work together under one roof. The new lobby and office space designed by Sasaki is housed within a base building by architect Pickard Chilton and architect of record Stantec. Responding to Akamai’s most pressing need to unite teams across a new 480,000 square foot office, Sasaki’s design prioritizes connection within the company, articulated best by the project’s vision statement: “To connect the world, we must first connect to each other.”
The colorful "Akamile" is a mile-long walking path created by Sasaki, the interior architect behind the office design. The connective pathway links all 19 floors of the new Akamai office, creating a band of social and collaborative space that connects teams across the 480,000 SF. The gradient runs between Akamai's brand colors of blue and orange, doubling as a fully integrated branding and wayfinding feature that sets this office apart as a beacon within Kendall Square.
Inspiring productive collaboration across the building’s 19-floor interior posed a challenge, but the Sasaki design team saw opportunity for innovative design. Diverse destinations—including specialty coffee bar, ping pong arena, and an inviting gaming lair, among others—encourage movement across the entire building, and a walkable physical path between the top and bottom floors of the building guides employees through common spaces on each floor. The path, which spans approximately one mile, is cleverly dubbed the “Akamile.”
Diverse destinations along a single walking path get people to move between all 19 floors, ensuring the Akamai workforce is staying connected to one another and given the mix of social, focused, and collaborative spaces they need to do their best work.
Photos: Sasaki, Interior Architect. ©Anton Grassl
Aug 26, 2019
Eventide Phase II Assisted Living Taking Shape at Union Point
Framing is nearly complete for Eventide Phase II at Union Point in Weymouth. The 4-story 162,000 square foot building will include a total of 107 units of assisted living. The first phase of the project, Fairing Way features a 104 residential unit senior living community with a clubhouse and a 46 bed, on-site, long term care nursing facility.
Aug 06, 2019
Final Stages of Construction Wrapping up for Akamai Headquarters
Interior finishing and final stages of construction are wrapping up for what will be Akamai's new headquarters at 145 Broadway in Kendall Square. The new 450,000+ office tower is expected to be complete later this year. The landmark building features a cantilevered design along with a mile-long staircase on the interior, "the Akamile" extending from the lobby up to the 19th floor.
Jul 13, 2019
Commonwealth Pier Revitalization Approved
The Boston Planning Board has approved the revitalization project of the Seaport World Trade Center and Commonwealth Pier. The project will replace the existing exhibition hall with new public realm spaces and improvements and expanded ground-floor retail space, as well as creating new flexible and innovative office space and first-class event spaces. The development team will also renovate the historically significant Headhouse to include more activated and enhanced spaces for the public.
Jun 04, 2019
Details Revealed for City Hall Plaza Redesign
Additional renderings and more details have been presented for the $70M redesign of Boston's City Hall Plaza. The new plans, from Sasaki, will transform the Plaza into a universally accessible civic space with increased environmental sustainability. Highlights of the plan include...
- 3,000 new spaces for residents to sit- 12,000 square feet of playscapes for children and families- 11,000 square feet of terraces for pop-up play and interactive public art.- 7 new "plug and play" locations for community groups to utilize, with space for 10,000 - 12,0000 visitors on the main Plaza, and room for a 20,000 - 25,000 person gathering on the entire Plaza- 100 new trees, improving the shade, scale and air quality of the Plaza. Fifty lights will be replaced with efficient LED technology, and 22,500 feet of granite and brick paving will be reused or recycled.
May 07, 2019
Washington Capital Retains Tocci For Union Point
Rendering courtesy of Elkus Manfredi Architects
Washington Capital Management, Inc., on behalf of one or more investment management clients, has retained Tocci Building Corporation to provide development support services for Union Point. The property is the 1400 acre redevelopment of the South Weymouth Naval Air Station formerly known as Southfield. Tocci will assist Washington Capital with land use documentation and selection of a new Master Developer. Services include liaison with the Southfield Redevelopment Authority and landowner responsibilities. Tocci was the former Program Manager for Union Point through 2017 and provided a broad range of planning and construction services.
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