In November, Massport announced Boston Global Investors (BGI) will be developing a new office building at 401 Congress Street in Boston's Seaport, with Sasaki leading the design. The Sasaki design breaks from traditional buildilng precedents in the area to provide a street-level transparency to the base of the building that invites people in from the street at all sides. With four primary arches comprising the base of the building, it appears to barely touch the ground. Within those arches, are valuable interstitial spaces that will tie building and community together.
“The concept of 'urban push/pull' is at the core of our design. Instead of filling out the entire site at the base, the urban fabric pushes in from all directions, establishing open urban spaces on all levels and on all sides,” explains Sasaki principal and architect, Victor Vizgaitis, AIA. “We see the entire site as a single urban fabric that flows through the building, with little differentiation between inside and outside. The four arches open to the street, creating a porous “urban room.” And the pedestrian experience and streetscape will be deeply integrated into the site design to enliven World Trade Center Avenue as a place people gravitate towards any day or night of the year.”