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THREE RENOWNED ARCHITECTS NAMED FOR FAN PIER PROJECT
Two office buildings, luxury hotel/residences and condo tower planned -- $1 Billion in construction under design marks key milestone on Waterfront
BOSTON ? The Fallon Company has selected three renowned architectural firms to design nearly $1 Billion worth of mixed-use development on Fan Pier -- two Class A office buildings, a five-star hotel with residences, and luxury condominiums.
Joseph F. Fallon, president of The Fallon Company ? marking another major milestone for Fan Pier ? announced that four buildings, totaling 1.8 million square feet of prime space along Northern Avenue is now under design. Selected to join the Fan Pier development team are these nationally and internationally acclaimed firms:
Hill Glazier Architects http://www.hillglazier.com/ from California is designing a five-star hotel with top floor residences, and a luxury condominium tower. Both will be adjacent to the new Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA), set to open this fall.
Hill Glazier specializes in the design of luxurious hotels and resorts and has handled hundreds of projects in more than 25 countries, working with hospitality industry icons like the Four Seasons and the Ritz-Carlton.
Their portfolio includes the famed ?celebrity favorite? Bacara Resort & Spa in Santa Barbara, Calif. and Montage Resorts and Spas Residences worldwide. Fallon is working now to select a flagship hotel for Fan Pier.
BBG (Brennan Beer Gorman Architects LLP) http://www.bbg-bbgm.com/ of New York is designing an office building at Fan Pier with approximately 500,000 square feet of premier space. BBG has extensive experience in mixed-use master planning, commercial design and upscale hospitality and urban residential projects around the United States and the world.
BBG designed buildings that shape skylines from Dubai and Kuala Lumpur to Bangkok and Saudi Arabia. Among its signature buildings in the firm?s portfolio are Dubai Metals & Commodities Center Tower, One Marina Place in the Middle East, the Lion Center in Malaysia, Peninsula Hotels in New York and Bangkok, the Mandarin Oriental Hotels in New York and Washington, and the restoration of the fabled St. Regis Hotel in New York.
In Boston, BBG is providing design services to the new 793-room Westin Boston Waterfront Hotel, also being developed by The Fallon Company. The Westin Boston Waterfront is set to open June 21.
Elkus Manfredi Architects http://www.elkus-manfredi.com/ of Boston is designing a second office building with nearly 500,000 square feet of office space, along with roughly 300,000 feet of retail space on Fan Pier. The Elkus Manfredi portfolio includes a high-profile retail and hotel project in Chicago; The Shops at Columbus Circle at the Time Warner Center in New York; Pacific Place in Seattle; The Grove in Los Angeles adjacent to CBS Studios; the 43-story Paramount residential tower in San Francisco, and the streetscapes and city plazas at City Place in West Palm Beach.
Locally, Elkus Manfredi designed Boston?s acclaimed 31-story 33 Arch Street and 28 State Street as well as the Millennium Pharmaceuticals Building at University Park and 88 Sidney Street in Cambridge.
Mayor Thomas M. Menino says, ?Many companies in Boston are looking for more office space. Office towers are filling up again, and people are moving back into and living in the city. Fallon?s plans for Fan Pier are a reality that will appeal to companies who want to move their office headquarters to the waterfront, and to local residents who want to call this premier destination home. Fan Pier is on its way to becoming a thriving and economy-boosting neighborhood for Boston.?
?We?ve selected some of the most respected architects in the country to work with us to make Fan Pier a world-class project for Boston,? said Fallon. ?This represents about $1 Billion worth of development now under design. Things are really starting to happen on Fan Pier. The fact that there?s been so much interest from these architectural firms is a testament to the strength of the commercial and residential real estate markets in Boston.?
Fan Pier spans approximately 21 acres along Northern Avenue (nine city blocks and three million square feet) and is considered one of the most desired waterfront development sites on the East Coast. Along with the office buildings, five-star hotel, condominiums and lifestyle high-end retail, Fan Pier will offer new public parks, the Institute of Contemporary Art, a Harbor Walk and a protected marina. It is designed to be a vibrant, pedestrian-friendly area and boasts breathtaking views of the water and downtown skyline with easy access to the Financial District, Logan International Airport, the Massachusetts Turnpike and Interstate 93.
Press Contact: Steven Pellegrino, Kortenhaus Communications, email: firstname.lastname@example.org, office: 617-778-5770.
Release Date: June 7, 2006
JS38 said:Short background of note that might be interesting first:
I had an interview with CBT a while back, didnt end up working there, but it was to work as an urban designer. Its basically just two people running the UD operations over there right now, they are trying to expand, but still interesting that these two are basically largely responsible for such large projects as Northpoint, Fan Pier etc.
At the time, they were said to be designing the public realm for the Fan Pier development. As the article above claims three other architectural firms have been selected, at least for the first phase, I dont know how relevant the below link is, but I thought it was interesting just because its the first new renderings concerning Fan Pier in a while.
Anyways, go to the CBT website, click on projects and then urban design, and then the first and last photos under the Fan Pier project are new, rather glassy and futuristic. What do you all think? Trying to reflect the ICA? Bring a new modern aesthetic into the brick, wooden, steel warehouse district of nearby Fort Point?
I can't remeber how I got that idea. I seem to remember reading it somewhere and even seeing a picture with an outline of the lot where they would expand. Maybe I'm just confusing it with the convention center.PaulC said:I was always disappointed at the amount of exhibit space at the new ICA and I thought there was no room to expand. Do you know if they have plans to expand someday?