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Boston's New Tallest- 115 Federal St. (Winthrop Square Tower)

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The rendering is in for the proposed 1000' tower by Renzo Piano in downtown Boston :D

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Monday, November 13, 2006

One bidder for 1000-foot tower site in Boston

Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino's invitation to developers to build an iconic, 1,000-foot-tall tower on the site of a decaying city-owned parking garage drew only a single bidder today.

Steven Belkin, chairman and founder of Trans National group and an owner of the Atlanta Hawks basketball and Atlanta Thrashers hockey teams, proposed a tower -- which after approvals may turn out to be Boston's tallest building -- with extensive retail space on the ground floor.

http://www.boston.com/business/ticker/2006...bidder_for.html

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Wow! Awesome... that's what Boston needs is a taller, iconic building. And that one stands out but not like a sore thumb... in a good way.

One single bidder on a project THAt enormous, in a city the size of Boston? What gives!?

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Belkin owns an adjacent parcel that makes the project much better and easier to bring off. I think without that parcel, the project is really not feasible, and only Belkin owns it.

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That's an awesome tower.It seems like all the cities are trying to get there big buildings nowadays.But that's good. :D

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Well, it's certainly tall. Without additional drawings, I can't see much about it that's too exciting. Looks rather dull to me. Sorry.

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That's an awesome tower.It seems like all the cities are trying to get there big buildings nowadays.But that's good. :D

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It isn't anything revolutionary, but as conservative as Boston's skyline is, that isn't a bad thing. Being so much taller than anything else in the city, it will call attention to itself through virtue of its size alone. If it were also stylistically different from the (bland) buildings around it, it might stick out a little too much. It would look like it was trying to hard to be noticed. As it is, its style helps to visually connect it to its neighbors, letting it become a focal point without overwhelming the skyline.

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Do they have tenants lined up for that much office space?

With the boxy shape and diagonal bands, it looks like a mix between the old WTC and John Hancock in Chicago.

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