Anchoring the corner of Kneeland and Hudson streets, a new luxury apartment building was designed to bring back the residential energy and character of a street once dominated by red-brick town houses.
The Tower at One Greenway, built on a narrow triangle of vacant land left over from the Big Dig, is much taller obviously, says B.K. Boley, design principal at the architectural firm ADD Inc., but “the building’s terra-cotta and beige cladding materials and architectural details were inspired by the warmth of the red-brick buildings. And the stepped bay portions of the facade along Hudson Street with the different entrances, retail storefront windows, and colors speak to the character of the area.”
The lobby awes with its two-story-high ceiling, dangling wavy tubular lights, and overlook dubbed “The Perch” awes, while the lounge area with its coffee table and comfy chairs invites. Augmenting this rise and relaxed feel are cushiony vertical leather panels behind the 24-hour concierge desk. Nearby, horizontal Sensitile panels with lights and a reflective surface intensify the ambient light.
“It’s a feeling of motion when you enter the lobby,” says Aaron Cramer of Bozzuto Management Co., the building’s property manager. “The Sensitile wall draws you into the space, then the leather accent wall continues your eye up into the Perch.”
“When we started the predevelopment process with ADD Inc., we conceptualized [this] 217-unit tower,” said James Kelleher, chief investment officer of New Boston Fund Inc., which developed the 21-story, mixed-income luxury apartment complex with Asian Community Development Corp. “We had an opportunity to create something unique and intimate with a European boutique feel. This lobby sets the stage for that.”
The costlier apartments range from a 572-square-foot studio for $2,815 per month to a 1,618-square-foot, three-bedroom penthouse for $8,340. Leasing has begun on the property, which is comprised of 40 percent affordable rentals.
In the one-bedroom model, entry is into a kitchen with granite counters, stainless-steel appliances, and a built-in desk. A portable island (found in every apartment) is an opportunity to individualize the light-filled area. Two-toned cabinetry with a contrast of light wood on the top and dark on the bottom, as well as off-white backsplash tiles make the kitchen “warm and inviting,” Cramer says.
The carpeted bedroom can easily accommodate a queen-size bed and has a walk-in closet. The bathroom, located off the kitchen, has a closet to hold a washer and dryer.
“It’s very efficient,” Kelleher says. “It uses every square foot.”
A 1,126-square-foot, two-bedroom unit opens into a foyer with walls fit to showcase artwork. The main bath is at right, and the second bedroom is straight ahead. A wall angles outward at left to the eat-in kitchen with island and the expansive living area with city views. The building is “at the culmination of three great neighborhoods — Chinatown, the Leather District, the Theatre District,” Kelleher says. The master suite also offers the city vista. “It’s east-facing, so the sun will wake you up,” he added.
A 1,288-square-foot, three-bedroom penthouse unit boasts a view from the South End to the State House to the Seaport District that can be enjoyed from a private balcony. Penthouse units feature marble counters and a master suite with two walk-in closets.
Amenities available to all residents include: conference rooms, a fitness center, coffee bar, a yoga studio, TV/billiard lounge, terrace with fire pit, study lounge, valet dry-cleaning, underground parking, bike storage, dog-care service, and a dog park with a ramp to Hudson Street.
“To help re-create the sense of a true Chinatown neighborhood,” Boley says, “we designed a public park right in the middle of Hudson Street that connects the community spaces in the building to the park and to the neighbors, but also tames the grade between Hudson Street and the highway ramp with landscaped walkways and small sitting areas.”
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