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Old June 9th, 2013, 02:42 AM   #41
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I love Boston. It, along with DC, is my second favorite US city, but its new architecture is so boring. It's like the Seattle of the east (ie, boring boxes that aren't even tall).
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Old June 9th, 2013, 11:58 PM   #42
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I get the impression that Boston's current architecture aspires to look like Rotterdam, Antwerp, or Oslo. It's strange that they turn their backs on their rich architectural history.
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Old June 10th, 2013, 01:02 AM   #43
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We don't have a very rich post-modern architectural history, and that's what en vogue right now. Therefore, we work with other aesthetics to develop one, even if it's a bit derivative.
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Old June 10th, 2013, 02:46 AM   #44
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600ft is better than nothing
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Old June 10th, 2013, 01:48 PM   #45
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I agree. Most cities would welcome a development like this.
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Old June 10th, 2013, 03:17 PM   #46
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I liked these kinds of urban development meant to make a vibrant urban fabric
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Old June 12th, 2013, 07:39 PM   #47
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600ft is better than nothing
It's become a plateau elevation for downtown Boston. Sadly, the airport makes it nearly impossible to go much higher there. And in the Back Bay where buildings can go taller, hardly anything gets proposed.
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Old June 19th, 2013, 12:14 AM   #48
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Old July 23rd, 2013, 05:07 AM   #49
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It's Go Time for Developers as Menino Exits Office



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It certainly jibes with the flurries of approvals that Boston's seen recently: Developers are apparently scrambling to get proposals O.K.'d by the city before "Shovels" Menino leaves office at the end of the year.

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Over the last three months, the Boston Redevelopment Authority has received 23 large development proposals, a 35 percent increase over the same period last year, officials said. The pitches include a 60-story office tower and residences in Government Center, a pair of towers next to the Christian Science Plaza, and large-scale apartment and hotel projects in Roxbury, East Boston, the Fenway, and the Back Bay.
The stronger economy (and its cheaper money) is part of it. But the biggest part is fear of the unknown: Mayor Menino and his Boston Redevelopment Authority have been so amenable to development over the least several years. Now he is leaving and it's likely headed for an overhaul; developers don't know what to expect from a new regime. Though, we suspect they have little to worry about from Menino's successor, whoever that may be.

Now 60 floors?
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Old July 23rd, 2013, 02:37 PM   #50
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I am most excited about this development. What a dramatic difference it will make both on a street level, reconnecting the neighborhood, as well as the skyline. Coming in from 93S this will dominate. If this, Nashua St and the Garden sites actually get developed, it will be impressive.
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Old August 28th, 2013, 06:11 AM   #51
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Big Boston Development Caves to Concerns Over Height


Design from before the NIMBYs revved up their lawn mowers

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HYM Investment, the same entity behind Waterside Place in the Seaport, introduced plans in the spring to replace much of the nine-story Government Center Garage with a six-building complex of 771 apartments and condos; a 204-bed hotel; 1,100 parking spaces; and 1.3 million square feet of office space (the number of residences has grown and the numbers of hotel rooms and office square feet have since shrunk). Well! Those plans proved a little too ambitious for local residents and their representatives.

In response now to concerns over the scope of the project, HYM has slashed the heights of two of its towers. Per Casey Ross in The Globe, the office tower will go from 600 feet to 528 feet and the hotel-condo building will drop from 275 feet to 157 feet. The concession should move the project forward faster, with the developer hoping to start construction on a 480-foot residential tower next year.
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Old August 28th, 2013, 06:42 AM   #52
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What a shame! I love Boston, but its modern towers are largely lame, and this fear of height is appalling.
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Old November 15th, 2013, 10:01 PM   #53
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Massive Government Center Garage Project a Go



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It's on: The Boston Redevelopment Authority on Thursday O.K.'d the six-building redevelopment of the Government Center Garage into a behemoth of residences, offices and retail sure to reconnect the West End and downtown.

Just how many residences and how much office and retail? As Casey Ross of The Globe notes, the Government Center Garage development is "among the largest pending in Boston" (and there's a lot of development pending in Boston, y'all). This particular development will open up nearly five acres of space by removing the portion of the garage straddling Congress Street. As it stands now, the development is to include 812 residences; 1.1 million square feet of office space; 196 hotel rooms; and new restaurants and shops, many along the Greenway.

While developer HYM Investment Group hopes to start construction on the first residential building, a 480-foot, 464-unit tower, by the end of 2014, things could still change. That is, the BRA green-lighted the project in totem; each building needs its own O.K. and individual aspects might be tweaked. And they have been tweaked already, including chopping the height of the condo-hotel tower along the Greenway from 275 to 157 feet (heights in Boston, you know).

Still, it's unlikely now that the Government Center Garage project will be derailed.
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Old November 19th, 2013, 04:15 AM   #54
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What a Redone Government Center Garage Will Look Like



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News dropped on Friday that the city had signed off on the gargantuan redevelopment of the Government Center Garage to create a six-building complex of 812 condos and apartments, 1.1 million square feet of office space, 196 hotel rooms, and oodles of retail. More importantly, perhaps, the project, set to begin by the end of 2014, will take a big, wet aesthetically pleasing paint brush to one of downtown Boston's biggest eyesores. Above is what the garage looks like on Merrimac Street now and what it will look like post-project.

And here's the before and after planned for the garage on Sudbury Street.




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Old November 22nd, 2013, 04:55 AM   #55
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Cook + Fox, or Foster + Partners, imo.
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Old November 24th, 2013, 02:39 AM   #56
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At least this should help bring some life to the area; it's relatively dead north of the greenway if you're too far from the tourist areas. It'll be a massive improvement, even if it could/should be more physically massive.
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Caesar Pelli's One Congress Tower At Government Garage Revealed



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This rendering is of the base of the One Congress office tower proposed as part of the mammoth Government Center Garage redevelopment. It would be 528 feet and would also be designed by Pelli. While it's certainly a bold statement for the Boston skyline, it's nothing particularly groundbreaking for its architect.

http://www.bostonglobe.com/business/...N/picture.html



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Old October 3rd, 2014, 03:12 AM   #58
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"Bold for Boston" is good enough for me. Much though I'm fine with Boston's more conservative architecture generally, this and the Harbor Towers development are a breath of fresh air.
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Old November 16th, 2015, 08:30 PM   #59
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New renderings of the 480' res tower:




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Pleased to see the office tower design sticking around!

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Looks like we have new PNFs as well! Heads up, they're big

Res Tower
Office Tower

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-Office tower is 528' to last occupied floor. If the res tower is 547' as described then this is WELL over 600'. Unfortunately, exact figures aren't given here as they are for the res tower. Still designed by Pelli.
-Retail on office/res tower first floors. For office: "The building consists of 1,012,000 SF of office space including a spacious lobby that is open to the public. Additionally, retail space has been provided to activate the public realm. The retail space is expected to include a café with exterior seating, a bicycle repair shop and potentially a small retail kiosk located within the lobby"
-Res tower is 480' to last occupied floor and 547' to roof.

No time to pull renderings right now but the office tower in particular looks spectacular, if a bit wide from some angles
Some new information was found by Downburst and posted on Archboston.
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Government Center Garage tower developers sick of old Boston architecture; vow bold new designs for a new century



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The owners of the hulking Government Center Garage today submitted detailed design plans for residential and office towers they say will help lift Boston out of the design doldrums with assertive architecture they say will help put an end to our history of staid buildings.

In their filings with the BRA, HYM Investment Group and Bulfinch Congress Holdings say their proposed curved, 1-million-square-foot office building is "a world-class cosmopolitan building, where the future collective composition of buildings transcends local scale and context to create a built form that is decidedly of the 21st Century."

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The building will be especially striking when lit at night as the graceful curves of the inner shell softly glow on the horizon.
The 31-story residential building, which will house 486 residential units - 64 affordable - is also a rejection of the old Boston idea of fitting in with the surrounding buildings:


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Rather than emulating existing Boston architecture, the Proposed Project design will complement the city skyline with a fresh contemporary design based on resiliency and sustainability.
Part of that sustainability will come on the ninth floor:

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In addition to improvements to the public Bowker Street Green, open space will be provided to residents in the form of roof garden or deck on the 9th floor of the Proposed Project. This space will act as an important outdoor amenity for the residents and tenants as well as a space for sustainable stormwater management. This roof garden or deck may also extend beyond the 9th floor and out onto the roof of the Government Center Garage. Another amenity space on the 31st floor of the Proposed Project will offer leisure spaces for residents such as a multipurpose room, library, and roof deck.
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