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Old 12-02-2018, 10:16 AM   #61
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Re: BGI Office Tower (Massport Parcel A2) | 401 Congress Street | Seaport

+1.

The render is a childish joke.

I'll take the developer/marketer of this seriously if they grow up and return by RESPECTING the city/audience and not peddle optical illusions.

This was just a snipe hunt.
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Old 12-02-2018, 01:22 PM   #62
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They do this a lot. The soccer stadium had the skyline backwards.
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Old 01-31-2019, 11:21 PM   #63
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These were posted by Handel architects IG page on dec 18 as the Passive House design with Peebles corp.











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Old 02-01-2019, 05:15 AM   #64
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The ground floors look decent enough but the rest looks like that star wars transport where they keep all the androids
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Old 02-01-2019, 07:12 AM   #65
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Is this parcel A2? If so, kudos for making it less interesting!
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Old 02-01-2019, 07:14 AM   #66
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Just to be clear - this was a losing bid.

https://handelarchitects.com/project/parcel-a2

It does a nice job, however, of showing some of the context with current designs.

For the record, here's Sasaki's page for the winning design:

http://www.sasaki.com/project/478/401-congress-street/

BTW, there's more info coming later this month (though to a select few...)

http://buildingcongress.org/events/d...development-45

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Old 02-01-2019, 09:31 AM   #67
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Ok nice I just saw it was shared last month by them on IG and was like wtf is this. False alarm.
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Old 02-01-2019, 09:35 AM   #68
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Just to be clear - this was a losing bid.

https://handelarchitects.com/project/parcel-a2

It does a nice job, however, of showing some of the context with current designs.

For the record, here's Sasaki's page for the winning design:

http://www.sasaki.com/project/478/401-congress-street/

BTW, there's more info coming later this month (though to a select few...)

http://buildingcongress.org/events/d...development-45
^Thanks, and now we're finally seeing the spatial-orienting shot I'd craved when Sasaki's design was first revealed:

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Old 02-01-2019, 09:37 AM   #69
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Finally a perspective that makes sense. Disappointing that it's not using the optional air-right above the pike onramp.
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Old 02-01-2019, 10:19 AM   #70
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Finally a perspective that makes sense. Disappointing that it's not using the optional air-right above the pike onramp.
I'm a little sad that Sasaki couldn't have hired Handel's render artist. They do a fantastic, honest job with context.
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Old 02-01-2019, 10:42 AM   #71
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Handel's losing bid for this site is interesting and a bit humorous. The cladding and articulation of the facade seems to have been left over from their repulsive revision to the Winthrop Square tower, just a year ago. At this scale and location, it's somewhat less awful. The giant piloti and the regular grid of the facade remind me of Marcel Breuer's work, mainly the Pirelli/Armstrong Rubber Building in New Haven.
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Old 02-01-2019, 11:19 AM   #72
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^Thanks, and now we're finally seeing the spatial-orienting shot I'd craved when Sasaki's design was first revealed:

Its pretty nice and definitely unique. So it looks like the spiral staircase in the lobby brings you up to wtc ave, nice touch. Then the first floor of the lobby has an exit that leads to a bridge over the enter/exit ramps at the triangle parcel next door. Whats going there again a community center? Its great that its being developed thats a very restrictive parcel with only a couple of feet between ramps for an entrance. Thats awesome that its going to be developed and it wont just be a grass triangle forever.

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The good thing is the garage will basically be invisible soon too.


It was honestly a good thing to add, because whether we like it or not the transit still sucks and people drive here. Its in a great spot atleast where you pull out of the tunnel, take a right, then your in the garage. It should help vs before where people had to drive around looking for a spot. Its going to be damn near invisible soon too so it worked out well.

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Old 02-01-2019, 12:02 PM   #73
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The Sasaki is original and interesting but I'd rather have elegant bold versus cartoon bold. Hopefully it turns out well but it could easily end up looking like an unfunny joke.
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Old 02-05-2019, 08:28 PM   #74
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This area now looks like a Junior or Mini version of the downtown area!!
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Old 02-06-2019, 07:51 PM   #75
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It feels contrastingly organic, especially compared to all the existing and impending boxes descending upon the Seaport.

Still hate that parking garage - build it and they will come...poor transit service today is a terrible excuse for building just-as-expensive car infrastructure that will induce driving demand for the decades that it'll exist - but at least as a fully separate structure, there's a possibility of replacing it in the future... and will hopefully keep this building from having any on-site parking so the lobby and street interface are ped friendly.

BTW, the spiral staircase appears to be on the WTC Ave level since the hulking garage is hanging out in the distance, but with the debate about the impossible angles of the renderings... ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
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Old 02-06-2019, 08:01 PM   #76
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My main reservation is the street activation seems lacking in all the renders.

Glassed-in lobbies are miserable for surrounding streets. I think we know better and can do better.
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Old 02-06-2019, 09:50 PM   #77
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Its pretty nice and definitely unique. So it looks like the spiral staircase in the lobby brings you up to wtc ave, nice touch. Then the first floor of the lobby has an exit that leads to a bridge over the enter/exit ramps at the triangle parcel next door. Whats going there again a community center? Its great that its being developed thats a very restrictive parcel with only a couple of feet between ramps for an entrance. Thats awesome that its going to be developed and it wont just be a grass triangle forever.

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The interior looks extremely similar to the new ISEC building at Northeastern. The spiral staircase, the wide open cafe, the wooden elements...nearly identical.
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Old 02-07-2019, 09:39 AM   #78
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OK FWIW that Hipster Juice Barista is my new favorite Scalie ever.
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Old 02-07-2019, 12:59 PM   #80
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"Hey. Guy. Make me one of those fancy juices you got going over there."
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