Boylston Place (née Scape Student Housing) | 1252-1268 Boylston Street | Fenway

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I'm getting a little uneasy about the lack of stylistic unity in all the new Boylston construction. There doesn't seem to be (at least from what I can see in the photos posted on aB) any sort of common architectural or design element to relate the buildings to one another or establish an overall streetwall context. It reads more like a sampler of facades from which you'd pick one or two styles to use in an actual streetwall. Maybe it will work out OK in the end, but I like it more when the facades on a streetwall share some commonality, however small.
 

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I'm getting a little uneasy about the lack of stylistic unity in all the new Boylston construction. There doesn't seem to be (at least from what I can see in the photos posted on aB) any sort of common architectural or design element to relate the buildings to one another or establish an overall streetwall context. It reads more like a sampler of facades from which you'd pick one or two styles to use in an actual streetwall. Maybe it will work out OK in the end, but I like it more when the facades on a streetwall share some commonality, however small.
I don’t see this as a problem. Boston architecture generally clings too closely to commonality, so I’m okay with a little freedom of expression here. Even if it does end up making the street look like one big Elkus bag-o’-facades samplerama.

As long as the street levels and density keep being fantastic (which they are), I’ll take it.
 

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I'm getting a little uneasy about the lack of stylistic unity in all the new Boylston construction. There doesn't seem to be (at least from what I can see in the photos posted on aB) any sort of common architectural or design element to relate the buildings to one another or establish an overall streetwall context. It reads more like a sampler of facades from which you'd pick one or two styles to use in an actual streetwall. Maybe it will work out OK in the end, but I like it more when the facades on a streetwall share some commonality, however small.
I see that as a feature, not a bug. I love the way Boylston St. looks with its varied facades. It's far more interesting to me, than, say Assembly Row.
 

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My fiancée just asked "why are the windows like that?" and I too am asking that that plus a handful of other questions. The other sides are passable but that Boylston facade is kinda gross.
 

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My fiancée just asked "why are the windows like that?" and I too am asking that that plus a handful of other questions. The other sides are passable but that Boylston facade is kinda gross.
Ha! I'm actually the opposite: I think the patchy, discolored copper on the back side is pretty gross but I like the funky windows on Boylston.
 

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Ha! I'm actually the opposite: I think the patchy, discolored copper on the back side is pretty gross but I like the funky windows on Boylston.
Is it really copper? I figured it was some kind of fake copper patina-ish looking precast… because it kinda looks like it is… or thats just what is pretty much expected these days. That being said I kinda like it and if its actually copper that changes my perspective.

Tbh I actually think this is coming out pretty good, the renders were pretty low quality so it made it look like it was vinyl or something, but the materials in real life look much better. If the renders looked like vinyl and instead we get brick and copper… thats a huge win. The windows look better in real life too imo.
 
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The initial PNF referenced "brick" and real copper.

Give the copper some time..

Renders can't be 100% relied upon: a developer or architect can pay the extra cash for some nice visualizations, but that's totally up to them and their style/preferences. Visualizations can be an art and take a lot of time and money, or an architecture firm can simply rely upon a basic rendering software with minor photoshop editing and annotations and explanations on the materials, as they did here..
 

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The tilt out of the windows on the Boylston face is too shallow of an angle and looks like a mistake rather than an intentional design move. I'm getting echos of the unintelligible facade of its neighbor...
I quite like some of the rear facades with the taller windows in brick and square tilted windows (all tilting in same direction too).
 

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I need to walk down there later this week, from the pictures I like the weird tilted windows and the materials look sharp.
 

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