Driven By Design: An Architectural Tour Of Boston
Last Friday, a select group of architecture enthusiasts and tastemakers took part in the 2015 Driven By Design Tour, sponsored by Cadillac. Participants traveled in a fleet of state-of-the-art 2015 vehicles provided by Cadillac to several Boston area destinations that feature great design.
The first stop was the Harvard Arts Museums in Cambridge, where three museums, the Fogg Museum, the Busch-Reisinger Museum, and the Arthur M. Sackler Museum have united their collections under one roof. The space has been newly renovated and redesigned by architect Justin Lee. His design remained true to the aesthetic of the landmark, circa-1927 Fogg Museum, while still incorporating the functional changes necessary for today.
Then it was back to the Cadillac Escalade for the ride over to the Ritz Carlton Residences and a tour of a unit exquisitely designed by Eric Roseff. His design masterfully accommodated the client’s desire to maintain a classic floor plan while making the space in this corner unit more modern. Roseff’s vision required a complete renovation, but the results are spectacular.
Across the street, Roseff was on hand to discuss his work during lunch at Ritz Carlton’s Artisan Bistro. The next and final stop was at the sales center of Millennium Tower Boston. The Tower itself is still under construction next to the newly restored Burnham Building at Franklin and Washington, but the tour was treated to a model giving a first look at exclusive kitchen designs for select residences.
Penthouse kitchens are completely customizable, as the fifteen-inch-deep cabinetry is not pre-finished. All are equipped with Sub-Zero and Wolf appliances, hand-selected slabs of Calacatta marble and custom veneers inside each drawer that have been built with the exact detail of a piece of furniture.
The Handel Architect-designed Millennium Tower Boston is sure to be the new focal point of Boston which, at 685 feet, will be the tallest residential building in the city and third tallest in the entirety of Boston, behind the Prudential and John Hancock buildings.
Driven by luxury as well as technology, the tour provided more than one could imagine, using an aerial drone to capture the view each resident would enjoy from each floor at a 360-degree scope, views never before seen from a private home in Boston. Occupancy is slated for next summer.
It was a spectacular way to end a very informative afternoon. Thanks, Architectural Digest and Cadillac…that was some kind of ride.