The New York developer that has been figuring out how to put a skyscraper at the intersection of Washington and Bromfield streets last week released a series of renderings of a building that would rise higher than the Millennium Tower and have a series of rooftop gardens and possibly solar panels.
Midwood Investment and Development is proposing a 59-story, 683-foot-tall building with 300 apartments - 54 affordable - topped by 119 condos. The residential units would sit on a five-story base that would include ground-floor retail and a garage for 235 cars and 420 bicycles.
The roof of the building's base would be covered in landscaping, both to look nice and to help collect rainwater - which would be stored to water the plants.
The roof of the tower would be angled towards the south to allow for possible future solar panels.
Softness distinguishes the tower from more rectilinear geometry in the skyline, yet connects with the city through use of warm material and scaled articulations.
Also, the building's shape and location among other downtown towers:
Reinforces and holds the pivot point or "elbow" defined by Boston Common and Granary Burying Ground.
Midwood first proposed a smaller building for the site, back in 2008: A 28-story building with 200 apartments.
Before and after at Washington and Bromfield:
Before and after along Bromfield:
Design renderings (7.9M PDF).