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Old November 20th, 2006, 05:56 AM   #21
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I love the design, very minimalist. Only that too plain to be the City's landmark.
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Old December 10th, 2006, 10:23 AM   #22
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I do like the design, except I don't care for off-center spires. Th late modern style popular circa 1973-85, that includes the JHT, is back in force. Best of all, this is an office tower, so it won't get cancelled over the residential slowdown.
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Old December 10th, 2006, 07:30 PM   #23
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Too plain for my taste.
Piano could have produced at LEAST an LBT type of design.
It's a glassy box. A big one indeed, but just a box still.
Bit of a of waste if it goes ahead unchanged.

But hey, perhaps it will bring in creativity for future projects.
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Old December 10th, 2006, 07:41 PM   #24
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It looks very good in context of this angle. I'd like to see renderings from other angles to judge better.

If this were any other city I'd say go with it, but Boston is so kick-ass I'd like to see more before i judge it.

From this angle however it compliments everything else very nicely.
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Old December 10th, 2006, 09:22 PM   #25
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I like it, fits great into the skyline.
Something too spectacular just wouldn't.
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Old December 10th, 2006, 11:32 PM   #26
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is there pic's of the site, were it might be located at
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Old December 11th, 2006, 03:21 AM   #27
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A typical steel & glass American Box building -- no style, no class. One hot fire & the bldg would come down, since steel melts, and steel in the backbone of the bldg. El cheapo, el cheapo!
Interesting you would say that since I think using concrete to build skycrapers is El Cheapo, El Cheapo.

Steel with proper fire protection insualtion is better than concrete.


Anyways, I think the building is alright for Boston. Not too flashy, but not too boring either.
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Old January 11th, 2007, 07:48 PM   #28
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Any updates on this project? I haven't heard anything lately!
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Old January 12th, 2007, 03:51 AM   #29
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Hmm I sort of like this tower. I don't think Boston needs something too different, but the height gives the skyline some more visual interest.
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Old January 12th, 2007, 08:07 AM   #30
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I like the design so far, but given that we have only seen one render I cannot judge it fully yet.
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Old January 12th, 2007, 08:14 AM   #31
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great project, i hope it triggers more height for boston! i have noticed, although very impressive, it lacks height for a city of that stature and size.
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Old January 12th, 2007, 08:57 AM   #32
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The design is kinda plain, but it would still be a real boost for the Boston skyline.
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Old January 26th, 2007, 05:12 AM   #33
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City's tallest tower clears first hurdle


Businessman Steve Belkin was designated by the Boston Redevelopment Authority today to build the city's tallest building.

The tower would be on the site of a parking garage in the Financial District.

Belkin has proposed an unusual 1,000-foot tower, perched on columns three stories above Federal Street, with a public park underneath, restaurants, and a gathering area called a town green.

Elevators on the outside of the glass building would whisk tenants and visitors skyward; atop the 80 stories would be a half-acre "look-out park."

"Boston's known for its revolution," Belkin told the BRA board. The building, he said, "will revolutionize skyscrapers. We’re actually creating green space ... We’re giving land back to the community."

Belkin made millions from a network of companies in the travel, financial, and communications businesses, and began plotting to build a tower more than a decade ago when he bought a commercial building adjacent to the city parking lot.

He has hired noted architect Renzo Piano, who spoke of the proposed building's "slender, slim" profile.

The BRA designation is the first hurdle. Belkin has pledged to begin construction in 2008 and finish by 2011.

His initial plans were enthusiastically endorsed by BRA board members. "It's very exciting for the city," said Consuelo Gonzales-Thornell.

Chairman Clarence "Jeep" Jones quipped, “It seems so attractive what are you going to do when everybody in the city wants to be there at the same time?" (By Thomas C. Palmer Jr., Globe staff)



Italian architect Renzo Piano (left) and Steve Belkin. (Globe photo)

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Old January 28th, 2007, 12:25 AM   #34
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Hehe I work right across the street from it. If I still work there when construction starts for this....Ill be posting pics often. BTW, anyone know the name of the other 40+story tower under construction near the Filenes/Macy's and the Suffolk law school? I can't seem to find it at all. I know they started demolishing stuff for it.

And another development I noticed is near the john hancock tower, nothing posted about whats getting build but stuff is getting torn down. Any info appreciated.
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Old January 28th, 2007, 02:06 AM   #35
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I love this tower, looks so modern and high. Have a nice design
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Old January 28th, 2007, 02:12 AM   #36
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great idea with the green space, nice tower
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Old January 28th, 2007, 05:39 AM   #37
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The rendering looks very much like the Bloomberg Tower in NYC when viewed from up Lexington Ave. The only big difference is the antenna is on the side, not on top..
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Old January 28th, 2007, 06:09 AM   #38
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Cool...I don't think I've heard of a city calling for bids on building a tower...well, we did take bids on an existing building in New Orleans that the city owns to develop a hotel, so I guess that counts. But, all of the new towers that I've seen have been through private developers. A very interesting concept for Boston. I like the tower.
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Old January 28th, 2007, 04:27 PM   #39
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Hehe I work right across the street from it. If I still work there when construction starts for this....Ill be posting pics often. BTW, anyone know the name of the other 40+story tower under construction near the Filenes/Macy's and the Suffolk law school? I can't seem to find it at all. I know they started demolishing stuff for it.

And another development I noticed is near the john hancock tower, nothing posted about whats getting build but stuff is getting torn down. Any info appreciated.
Instead of listing them, not sure if you know this site, http://architecturalboston.com/forum/index.php
Everything that is being built in any city from Providence to Portland.
Cool site.
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Old February 2nd, 2007, 07:10 PM   #40
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Very nice. Good height, very clean and sleek looking and really adds a lot to the skyline. I also don't mind the boxiness, because a well done box can imo look as nice as any other shape. Maybe it's just because I'm from Toronto.
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