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Transforming Boston’s skyline

Nick Myall
Friday 21 Jul 2017

Pei Cobb Freed & Partners are creating what will become Boston’s tallest residential structure

Brought to life by some of the most celebrated visionaries in their fields, the Four Seasons Hotel and Private Residences One Dalton Street, Boston is set to transform the Boston skyline upon its completion in late 2018. Standing at 742ft, One Dalton will be New England’s tallest residential building, a towering architectural landmark that elevates the standard of luxury in one of the world’s most thriving and dynamic cities.

Leading developer Carpenter & Company, known for the conversion of Boston’s historic Charles Street Jail into the Liberty Hotel and the development of the renowned Charles Hotel in Cambridge, has brought together some of the most celebrated visionaries in their fields to create a 61-story tower in the heart of Boston’s most prestigious neighborhood, Back Bay. One Dalton marks the first time in decades that a building has added to the city’s ‘High Spine’ of towers that define the iconic skyline of Boston.

CEO of Carpenter & Company, Richard L. Friedman, engaged celebrated architect and Boston native Henry N. Cobb, of the internationally acclaimed architectural firm Pei Cobb Freed & Partners, to create this soaring addition to the historic city’s skyline, in collaboration with Gary Johnson of Cambridge Seven Associates, who designed Carpenter’s award-winning Liberty Hotel. The architects explain: “In addition to its great height—almost matching that of the Prudential and Hancock Towers—a distinguishing feature of One Dalton is its slenderness, befitting its residential occupancy and privileged Back Bay location. The tower’s small floor plate, with its soft triangular shape, reflects the unique geometry of the surrounding street pattern while affording ample daylight throughout the residences within. A special amenity is the articulation of the exterior wall to provide operable corner windows offering views in two directions from every room.”

Designed to respect and relate to its historic setting in Back Bay, attention to detail is evident throughout One Dalton. The building gracefully rises from a 67-foot granite and glass podium, with granite sourced locally from New England to blend with the surrounding neighborhood. Meanwhile, bay-style windows are a nod to the classic Back Bay townhouses and have been adapted with recessed incisions that articulate the building’s volume.

Privacy is paramount in the design of One Dalton, from the inclusion of separate entrances for hotel guests and residents to the private residential lobby. Privacy is further achieved through the clever placement of elevators which have eliminated the need for corridors on the residential floors, providing each residence with either direct elevator access, or just one adjacent neighbor. Sheathed in glass that has been sourced and sent to Boston via three other countries, it will be the only building in the city to provide residents with panoramic views of Boston, the Charles River, and Boston Harbor. The glass was shipped from California to Barcelona for a special UV coating application, minimizing internal reflections, increasing energy efficiency and further enhancing the views from the tower’s signature corner windows, before being taken to Toronto to be fitted with aluminum frames. The building also boasts an array of engineering feats to ensure that despite the height, there is no excessive movement during high winds. The roof of One Dalton is home to a state-of-the-art wind dampening system, while the buildings’ foundations extend 165 feet below the Earth’s surface, anchored to the bedrock.

To add to this already impressive repertoire of collaborators, Carpenter & Company has enlisted the expertise of internationally renowned interior designer, Thierry Despont to create One Dalton’s exclusive Private Residence Club Lounge on the 50th floor and Private Residential Lobby. This project will mark an exciting return for Thierry to Boston for the first time in 35 years, having previously attended the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University. Since leaving Boston Thierry has worked on a host of internationally recognized projects including the Cartier Flagship store on 5th Avenue, Manhattan, Claridges Hotel, London and the Ritz in Paris. Thierry’s design schemes for One Dalton thoughtfully complement the modern architecture of the tower’s exterior while retaining his signature fusion of classic modernism.

Once complete, The Four Seasons Hotel & Private Residences One Dalton Street, Boston will encompass 160 fully serviced Four Seasons residences set above a 215-key Four Season Hotel, where residents are able to enjoy a lifestyle reserved for only the world’s most discerning clientele. This will be the second Four Seasons Hotel & Resort in Boston, placing Boston among a prestigious list of only a handful of international cities to be home to two Four Seasons, including London, New York, Shanghai, and Istanbul.

Prices start from $2.75m to over $40m in the Four Seasons Private Residences One Dalton Street.

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