Research with Quality of Life
The biotechnology research and development real estate market has been robust and prolific for many years. While many buildings have lavish lobbies and loft-like flexible laboratory space, The 105 by Breakthrough seeks to bring a new approach to this market. This building is conceived as Class A rental space concentrating on amenities, views and in order to create a facility that encourages you to linger. Complementing the robust, state-of-the-art laboratory space on the upper floors, the first two floors are designed to build a research community that reaches beyond the tenants and even welcomes the neighborhood in.
Traditional Materials with a Twist
Recognizing its mission to reflect a new attitude about research, while also respecting the strong heritage of South Boston architecture, The 105 by Breakthrough seeks to do new things in a quiet way. Prioritizing transparency, the lower two floors use a custom-designed, ultra-transparent, uninterrupted glass wall that keeps the building light, open and ultimately inviting at all hours of the day and night. Above, the research floors are also treated with large, floor-to-ceiling glass panels but the signature character of the building comes from glazed terracotta, a centuries-old traditional building material, common to Boston. Using 21st century technology, however, the panels are sculpted to create a signature undulating form that carves away at the building surface, bringing forward the glass and transparent corners. This is a building that both blends in and stands out.
Renderings © Payette & © Breakthrough Properties
Photography © Chuck Choi