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A New Tower, Underway in Boston’s Seaport District Aims to Right Aesthetic and Environmental Wrongs

With extensive resiliency measures and a design that stands out, Sasaki’s Ten World Trade Center has plans to protect the Seaport District from sea level rise and a tide of monotony. 

Ten World Trade Center was designed both for architectural novelty and resilience. “Massport, which controls the site, and Boston Global Investors, the developers, wanted something different,” said Victor Vizgaitis, Sasaki principal and the firm’s chair of architecture and interior design. “Design was part of the early discussions.” As a means of climate resiliency, “Both the lobby and infrastructure that you usually see at ground level are raised,” Vizgaitis continued. “But the lower portion of the building, defined by structural arches, is a civic space open to all 24/7.”

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