Op-ed writer for The Boston Globe Paul McMorrow recently called two of Sasaki's signature projects, the Bruce C. Bolling Municipal Building in Dudley Square and the refurbished former Filene's building in Downtown Crossing, Boston's best new buildings. Both buildings notably integrate past and present, restoring old facades while generating entirely new kinds of workspaces within to support commerce and vitality in neighborhoods on the cusp of change. McMorrow writes,
Filene's and the Ferdinand are the two best buildings Boston developers produced in 2014
"Filene's and the Ferdinand are the two best buildings Boston developers produced in 2014, and they're special for similar reasons. They are good-looking developments on their own, but they really matter because of what each means for the neighborhood around it... The Burnham building is the embodiment of the new Downtown Crossing, enabling the downtown to shed its image as a dark, past-its-prime shopping district, and become a dynamic urban neighborhood... And the Ferdinand block's redevelopment was explicitly designed not to act like a silver bullet. Boston built the Dudley Square project as a statement of confidence in the neighborhood. It was designed to prime interest in the broader neighborhood from outside developers, and to trigger follow-on development in a neighborhood many developers have long ignored."
Designing and building locally in two historic epicenters poised to recapture their place in Boston's economic and cultural evolution remain a remarkable point of passion for Sasaki. That energy born of making meaningful—tangible—impact only continues to fuel and inspire our teams this year.
Sasaki, in collaboration with the Netherlands-based design firm Mecanoo, worked with the City of Boston to design a municipal office building in Dudley Square. Located in the heart of Roxbury, Dudley...