Elkus Manfredi Architects contributes to the development of Boston’s Seaport District with a striking new office building
With its prime, highly visible position on Boston Harbor, the Pier 4 office building makes an iconic signature statement. Its glazed curtain wall exterior envelope provides movement facades that respond uniquely to its influential surrounding views, such as the city and the harbor:
The East side, in the Boston Harbor, shows its two story undulating triangular bays that shift and slide between each other creating a sense of depth and constant movement that changes throughout the length of the day:
The Pier 4 complex includes two buildings, one an office building and the other a condominium building. Designed by Elkus Manfredi Architects, the office building is a striking addition to the architectural landscape of the Seaport District as visible from the water and the new Seaport District neighborhood.
The two-story west entry to the Pier 4 office building faces the bustling Seaport District. The building includes 16,000 square feet of ground-floor retail space in addition to its expansive lobby. The exterior ceilings at the entry and at the fourth floor double height terrace are cladded with mirrored-finish stainless steel panels. The positioning of these two main openings on the west façade are staggered in direction to the Boston Harbor:
- The building’s waterfront prime location determined the design of an iconic building that would have high visibility from the Harbor, from the city and within the Seaport neighborhood
- City of Boston approval stipulated that 80% of the building’s first floor be allocated for public use.
- With the building boom taking place along the waterfront, the Pier 4 office building needed to project a sense of openness and public access along the harbor.
- Due to the dimensions of a robust building footprint special consideration was implemented in introducing permeability through the ground floor as well as creating active edges to enhance the public realm.
- The building needed to offer the high-quality Class A finishes and amenities expected by today’s premier office tenants.
- The building design had to respond to various external factors such as the views from and to the city; the immediate relationship with the Boston Harbor and the integration with the influential Museum of Contemporary Art (ICA).
- The lobby features a view corridor from the west entry to the harbor at the east entry that invites the public to pass through unimpeded. On the west side, the lobby rises two stories with a bridge crossing its center. The interior lobby wall is composed of highly figured “Golden Zelle” quartzite: