New Flagship Development Echelon Seaport Breaks Ground in Innovation District
Seaport’s Innovation District is living up to its name with the recent groundbreaking for a new development known as the Echelon Seaport. The 1.33 million square foot project is composed of three towers that will be home to at least 733 new residential units, including apartments, condos, and the increasingly popular new urban form of micro-units. Approximately 125,000 square feet of space will be dedicated to retail and top-tier restaurants, while millions of square feet, inducing plaza and outdoor space, will be remain accessible to the public, fostering a connection with the burgeoning neighborhood.
In order to create a building that not only serves the needs of its tenants but interacts with the larger neighborhood, the Echelon Seaport includes an interior piazza that is intersected by both vehicular and pedestrian traffic. Because the piazza is highly accessible, it will act as a year-round staging area for a variety of public activities, such as ice skating, Farmer’s Markets, and even the occasional round of summer yoga or volleyball. This infusion of street-fair type events, along with design details that create more intimate yet still publicly accessible areas that serve as excellent lunch spots for those walking by on foot, creates and encourages spontaneous cultural gatherings.
These details include multi-level outdoor seating, as well as a stylish, picturesque bridge that immediately visually distinguishes the project, while simultaneously reflecting the existing urban context. The materials used in the building reflect Seaport’s history while simultaneously providing a contemporary take on Boston’s much lauded architectural style. With this in mind, the architects have been careful to preserve the vibrancy of the street while ensuring that tenants can count on relaxing in the sanctuary of their apartments. The Echelon Seaport appears to be on track to become a highly desirable residential building that is virtually guaranteed to increase in its real estate value.
The interiors of the new luxury condos and apartments will be handled by agencies known for their lush yet pragmatic interior design. Although a full list of the amenities in each luxury condo has yet to be announced, tenants will be able to enjoy swimming in one indoor pool, two outdoor pools, and bathing on ample, private sun decks.
Due to a series of innovative modular step-backs, the towers will feature a total of 48 terraces for tenants, providing a view of the Innovation District and the surrounding harbor. The $900 million dollar project, which is being constructed on 3.5 acres of land, is scheduled to open in phases beginning in 2019, with official list prices for condo units announced around that time.