The Benjamin brings timeless, smart urban design—and home, sweet, home—to the Seaport.
The Benjamin’s residential units, including the top six floors of penthouses, are outfitted with wood floors, quartz countertops and a soothing neutral palette that give the apartments a luxurious hotel vibe.
Stretching 22 stories into the dynamic skyline of the Seaport District, The Benjamin, a high-performance glass L-shaped residential tower designed by Elkus Manfredi Architects and developed by Berkshire Group, Boston Global and WS Development marks the pinnacle of Boston’s most ambitious mixeduse project in more than three decades. Perched atop a three-story podium of 120,000-square-feet of restaurants and retail, The Benjamin channels jet-set hotel more than downtown rental.
The ground floor vestibule is an immediate respite, with sculpted greenery and a sleek concierge desk encased in mirrored glass and Kodiak brown antique marble, set asparkle by a crystal chandelier and woven platinum gold metallic backdrop. “It’s a decompression zone,” Elizabeth Lowrey, principal and director of interior architecture of Elkus Manfredi says. “And it relays an effortless lifestyle.”
Floor-to-ceiling windows frame city and water views, which Peter Zmuidzinas, senior associate architect of Elkus Manfredi, says drove the overall design. Fort Point Channel, Downtown skyline, Boston Harbor and even the Blue Hills are among the focal points of the 354 units, which range from studios to three bedrooms, some with balconies. Wood oors, quartz countertops and spa-inspired baths are executed in rich, neutral palettes with upgraded nishes and features on the top six penthouse levels is dramatic, yet tailored.
Vision glass lines the fourth f loor, entirely devoted to common areas. The free-f lowing space has a California-living vibe with lounges encircling its perimeter and a seamless connection to expansive outdoor terraces. Furnishings in clean-lined silhouettes arranged in intimate groupings entice residents to read, work, sit by the re, watch television or play pool. A tness center, catering kitchen and other amenities further extend the urban living experience beyond individual units.
e pair of terraces designed by landscape architect JP Shadley of Shadley Associates hover 56-feet above the sidewalk, providing a retreat that remains connected to the city below. e Vista Sundeck with pool is better than a suburban backyard. The HoriZen terrace is a Boston-meets-Cape Cod-style garden in the sky. Its elements, which include natural granite seat walls, a sculpture that emulates a beach fence, and a steel and cedar arbor, are meant to evoke the undulation of waves. “e design is a sculptural metaphor for the waterfront,” Shadley says.
Essentially the development, which masterfully weaves places to live with places to eat, shop and play, is about the creation of a neighborhood. “Compare aerial shots from 2014 and today,” says Heather Boujoulian, senior vice president and director of development investment management of Berkshire Group. “e block now has a unique identity. It nally feels like—and is— a true extension of the city.”