Perkins Eastman | Radian Boston

Radian Boston

Boston, Massachusetts
The Radian Boston is a new 290-foot, 26-story residential tower on the emerging Rose F. Kennedy Greenway. Based on an original design by Elkus Manfredi, the tower replaces an existing unoccupied six-story brick structure. Perkins Eastman was selected to carry out a fast-track design development process, working collaboratively with the ownership and the CM to improve building efficiencies and reduce the construction budget. Within two months, the team completely redesigned the core, shrinking it by 20% and rotating it 90 degrees; reduced the number of parking floors from four to three; and completely eliminated the basement.

The elimination of a complete parking floor allowed greater floor-to-floor heights within the same envelope, thereby allowing the proposed concrete building structure to be changed to steel. The core rotation required a complete redesign of all units to improve both the efficiency and the marketability of the units. It also enabled the standardization of bathrooms and kitchen types within the curved triangular footprint of the building. This redesign was a collaborative process with the ownership group, associated architect RODE Inc, and Perkins Eastman. The project achieved LEED Gold certification through the integration of energy reduction and the use of recycled materials.
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