Boston Seaport Square Master PlanBoston, MA, USA Boston Global Investors, Morgan Stanley Master Plan 10 million ft2 / 929,000 m2
This master plan is situated in the center of the Boston Seaport District, one of the most important urban areas developed in Boston. With this development comes a responsibility to provide a fitting accompaniment to the built heritage of a great historical city. At the same time, there exists a dramatic opportunity to look into the future and to foster the betterment and growth of Boston.
This proposed master plan is one of connection and innovation, not only filling an urban void, but also linking separate clusters of diverse activity and architectural character. A series of connections between the downtown, waterfront, historical Boston Wharf and Fan Pier, stitch together isolated entities such as the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA), World Trade Center, the Boston Convention Center, and the future City Hall.
In connecting these different events into a coherent city fabric, the plan establishes a major boulevard; urban and diverse in both scale and character which is activated by ground level retail, an urban park, artists’ live/work residences and more. Northern Avenue, which runs parallel to the north of Seaport Boulevard, will accommodate a combination of retail and mixed-use programs.
As a major axis of activity, Seaport Boulevard and Northern Avenue enliven the adjacent Seaport Hill neighborhood; a new residential area interwoven with small and large open green spaces. This network of courtyards, playgrounds, roof gardens and parks proliferates throughout the master plan as part of a larger urban initiative to create a sustainable, environmentally responsible community. The residential buildings in this park setting are connected through a network of pedestrian and vehicular streets, evoking the qualities of Boston’s vibrant historic neighborhoods. The addition of a substantial new residential population brings a need for new educational facilities that relate to the larger network of cultural programming in Boston Seaport.
The creation of both Seaport Boulevard and the Seaport Hill residential neighborhood follows the rich urban tradition of Boston place-making; a propagation of unique character that is tied both physically and programmatically to its surroundings, thus contributing to the larger city as a whole.