Boston

Millennium Tower Boston



Millennium Tower Boston
Boston, MA

Client
Millennium Partners
Photographers
Bruce Martin, Pavel Bendov

Millennium Tower Boston is a new 1.1 million sq. ft. (100,000 SM) condo project in Downtown Crossing, Boston. The slender tower houses 442 condominiums, including 18 penthouse units. Two separate residential entrances open onto Franklin Street, and over 200,000 sq. ft. (19,000 SM) of retail space at the base of the tower opens onto Downtown Crossing and ascends to the 4th floor.

Millennium Tower Boston is the tallest residential building in Boston, and marks the resurgence and vitality of this part of Boston with a distinct geometric form and articulated profile to the sky.

The crystalline character of the tower is emphasized by faceting the broad faces of the tower, and subtly sifting the geometry of the vertical planes. This shaping, combined with a dramatic shear at the penthouse terrace and the chamfered peak, accentuates the tower’s verticality while refracting the ever-changing colors of the sky. The effect is intended to be a softer and sensuous counterpoint to the stolid masonry downtown skyline.

The 650’ vertiginous west corner of the tower leads the eye directly to Shopper’s Park, a new urban plaza inspired by the cobbled paved squares of Colonial-era Boston. Overlooking this active pedestrian environment is a five-story podium, a graceful transitional element linking the tower to the street fronts nearby, and framing the residential porte-cochere entrance.


Composed of folded glass panels and etched with a rhythmic series of vertical bands, the podium evokes a pleated translucent fabric, oscillating from crisp, cool and reflective in the daylight to a warm illuminated texture of fine edges and shadows in the evening.

The gem-like tower is purposefully set apart from the adjacent historic Burnham Building to allow each to be perceived individually; one a rejuvenated historic landmark and the other a symbolic marker of the future at this “cross-roads of commerce and creativity” in Boston.