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Project description from KMW firm website:

"The 250-foot tall office building is one of three related mid-rise towers joining the historic World Trade Center Pier Building on the South Boston waterfront.

The design includes an underground parking facility and a low-rise podium structure with two glass and steel pavilions providing for a café and daycare center as well as a fan shaped public park, restaurants and shops overlooking the waterfront. Between the tower and the low building, a grand staircase with the sculpture of a sea serpent descends to connect World Center Avenue with Seaport Boulevard.

The distinctive curve of the west façade inflects towards the harbor and opens up views to the waterfront.

The form, language and materials of the building relate to the maritime character of the site. The weighty masonry, substantial cornice and protective canopies recall the adjacent warehouses and pier buildings, while the steel construction and wind mitigation “sails” of the lower building refer to the ships, cranes and bridges of the harbor."


- 2004 New England Sectional IESNA, International Illumination Design Award

- 2004 BSA Honor Award for Architecture

- 2003 AGC Honor Award

- 2008 Green Roof Award of Excellence

- 2006 Boston Society of Landcape Architecture, Honor Award for Landscape


- Architecture Boston, 2001

- New England Real Estate Journal, 2000

- Architecture Boston, 1999

- The Boston Globe, 1999

- The Boston Sunday Globe, 1999

See David Dillon, "The Architecture of Kallmann McKinnell & Wood" (2004), pp. 64-69.

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