It's actually kind of sad to think that a lot of these great views of the tower from the North Station area and other points north will be obscured so soon! With that said I would rather have that State Street Tower ASAP than the unimpeded view of this. That's the building that will tie the whole area together and ultimately make it feel like a true extension of the downtown skyline.
^^Yes. With its reduced size & street wall + the glass office tower + mixed use residential/hotel/retail complex + THIS/ all nearly smothering it--the overall impression of the garage will be far less egregious than before, and more urban. Not "proper" in a lexicon of 2010~20's planning, but sown into the fabric of the Downtown area in a far less unnatural way. The cladding of 50 Sudbury not only looks good, but functions as go between linking a modern tower to the incredible ugliness of the old Garage – (a bargain). i never realized the choice of materials would be used in quite such a way, (or if others did) when it first appeared.
Before the project is done, it might challenge the Hub on Causeway as our favorite improvement/s for Boston in the cycle.
*2 highrise projects receiving praise > (3) 200m skyscrapers
I definitely like that we are adding some glass towers, but not too many. A good skyline does need a few, but too many gets old fast. I think the skyline is growing in a very natural way while keeping a diversity of colors materials and textures.
That angle shot: 50 Sudbury makes the JFK towers actually look good--the same way
the Pru & 1 Dalton now (together) make R2D2 look (almost) good in the neighborjhood.
Never envisioned any such thing was possible.