tallest residential building in Boston

Boston’s tallest residential building by Pei Cobb Freed & Partners




tallest residential building in Boston
Image © Pei Cobb Freed & Partners

Construction is under way for a 61-story residential tower that will house a hotel and luxury condominiums in Boston’s historic Back Bay. The building, known as Four Seasons Hotel and Private Residences One Dalton Street, is being designed by Pei Cobb Freed & Partners and Cambridge Seven Associates.

tallest residential building in Boston
Image © Pei Cobb Freed & Partners

It will be the tallest building to rise in Boston since the John Hancock Tower, also designed by Pei Cobb Freed & Partners and completed in 1976. The new $700 million tower is a project of Carpenter & Company, Inc., whose proposal was selected following a national competition to develop the site, which lies between Christian Science Plaza and the Prudential Center.

tallest residential building in Boston
Image © Pei Cobb Freed & Partners

For the architects, the redevelopment presents a fascinating design challenge, said Henry Cobb of Pei Cobb Freed & Partners. “The project allows us to consider once again how a tall building, together with the open space it frames, can respond creatively to the need for growth while showing appropriate respect for its historic urban setting.”

tallest residential building in Boston
Image © Pei Cobb Freed & Partners

The 211-room hotel will occupy the tower’s lower eighteen floors, with 188 residential condominiums on thirty-six floors above. Shaped as a soft triangle in plan and sheathed in low-reflectance high-performance insulating glass, the building rises from a granite-and-glass podium containing the condominium lobby and the public rooms of the hotel.

tallest residential building in Boston
Image © Pei Cobb Freed & Partners

Glass-screened incisions in the tower’s surface animate the building volume while accommodating operable windows on the condominium floors, whose upper levels feature balconies.

tallest residential building in Boston
Image © Pei Cobb Freed & Partners

The tower is part of a master plan that includes 30 Dalton—a 27-story residential building designed by the same team and developed by Pritzker Realty Group—and a 5,000-square-foot park designed by Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates. Source by Pei Cobb Freed & Partners.

tallest residential building in Boston
Image © Pei Cobb Freed & Partners

Location: Boston, USA
Architect: Pei Cobb Freed & Partners
Partner: Cambridge Seven Associates
Lead Designers: Henry N. Cobb and Roy Barris
Landscape: Van Valkenburgh Associates
Year: 2017
Images: Pei Cobb Freed & Partners

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