Just yesterday, I was laying (lying?) in the sun, and I looked across the street at my neighbor, Atelier 505. A luxury building completed just a couple years’ ago.
It’s horrific. Ugly as sin.
The developer is The Druker Company, who waited through two economic cycles before putting a shovel in the ground. Fortunately for them, and for their lead commercial tenant, the Boston Center for the Arts, they were able to sell all their high-priced condos while the market was still hot.
The architect of Atelier 505 is Machado and Silvetti Associates, although ADD Inc. is listed as “Managing Architect of Record”.
Ironically, this morning I rose to read in the Boston Herald that Ron Druker, Druker Company president, has grand plans for another of his real estate holdings, a the building at the corner of Boylston and Arlington streets, in the Back Bay.
The (ex-)Shreve, Crump & Low building.
Last site on the Garden: Developer hatching Boylston Street plan – By Scott Van Voorhis, The Boston Herald
The developer said he has talked to a number of architects, including Frank Gehry about possibly working on the project.
Gehry’s best known work may be the Guggenheim Museum Bilboa in Spain. Locally, the architect has left his mark on such projects as MIT’s Stata Center and the modernistic 360 Newbury Street at the intersection with Massachusetts Avenue.
Best guess is that the developer would be on-top of the existing building, given the outcry any other plan would unleash.
Boston and Gehry. A match made in heaven, wouldn’t you think, from his Brooklyn, Atlantic Yards proposal (model, above)?