The places where we live and work are becoming an increasingly critical component of resiliency. Resilient neighborhoods promote walking and energy efficiency, increase green space, and foster meeting areas where neighbors connect and build relationships.
Many of these resiliency goals are encompassed in our design of Pier 4 in Boston’s Seaport District, a vibrant and walkable 24-hour community. Well-appointed common spaces and pet-friendly areas promote a neighborhood experience that balances everyday comfort with hardy safeguards.
Apartment layouts maximize the views of downtown Boston and the Harbor, while resort-style amenities—from a rooftop outdoor pool with fire pit and dining area, a lounge with full kitchen, a screening room, conference room, and intimate lounges—attract a diverse resident population that prizes comfort, convenience, and connectedness.
Our designers were keenly aware of the site’s proximity to Boston Harbor and designed with resiliency in mind, including elevating the first floor above the 100-year flood level and planning for an 18-inch concrete wall to surround the building. We’ve also safeguarded critical mechanical and electrical systems by locating them on the second floor. All in all, the building is designed to resist a three- to six-foot surge above the 100-year flood level.