OMA New York Design New Mixed-Use Development with Cascading Terraces in Boston

OMA New York has released a new rendering of their latest mixed-use project in Massachusetts. The 490,000sqft development, which will mainly include retail and office space, is exactly located at 88 Seaport Boulevard in Boston Seaport Neighborhood. The project which is backed by Massachusetts-based WS Development will be another significant addition to the district which is housing developments by James Corner Field Operations, Boston-based NADAAA and Sasaki Associates.

“We are committed to bringing world-class architecture to Boston’s Seaport – architecture that will stand the test of time. Together with the brilliant team at OMA, we will create a unique urban environment that advances Boston’s innovation economy and celebrates great urban design,” said Yanni Tsipis, Senior Vice President of Seaport at WS Development.

The design of the new development features an all-glass façade interrupted by a sloping all-around deep recess. The recess makes space for cascading exterior terraces, permits the natural light into the building’s interior, and acts as an “architectural gesture” towards the Fan Pier Green and the water’s edge. The building will have 18 floors. The first two floor will include 60,000sqft of retail space, while the rest of the building will comprise 425,000sqft of office space and 5,000sqft of civic/cultural use. The project is scheduled to begin construction in 2018 and to be completed in 2020.

“It’s exciting to engage with the innovation migration to the Seaport District, and work with WS Development on a building positioned to be the nexus between historic Fort Point and the emerging waterfront developments,” said OMA partner Shohei Shigematsu, who has been leading the New York Office since 2006. “Our design for 88 Seaport slices the building into two volumes, creating distinct responses for each urban scale of old and new, while also accommodating diverse office typologies for diverse industries with demands for traditional and alternative floorplates. The slice also generates an opportunity to draw in the district’s public domains, linking the waterfront and Fan Pier Green with a continuous landscape.”

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