View Boston is a civic and commercial point of convergence for visitors and residents alike to encounter the city and an iconic landmark building from a new perspective. Located atop the 750-foot tall Prudential Tower in Back Bay, View Boston encompasses three floors of interior and exterior observation decks, hospitality venues, and interactive exhibits offering an unparalleled birds-eye view of the city.
Challenges inherent from the outset of the project involved working within the aging systems of a fully operational, historic office building while updating critical infrastructure to modern standards. Our longtime client, BXP, envisioned the space as an inclusive gathering place for the public and saw an opportunity to celebrate the architectural significance of the tower, reimagining “The Pru” as an essential first stop for visitors and a place that residents would return again and again.
― Matthew Pierce, Design Principal
Materially, there is an emphasis on glass, both mirrored and transparent. In Stratus, the protected space of the interior bar flows seamlessly to the exterior seating area and observatory deck through movable glass walls that can open or close to suit the weather. Downstairs at The Beacon, the bar faces outwards and is flanked by mirrored columns with custom shelving, creating a sparkling reflection of the city below. A high-gloss panel system was designed for a low ceiling to reflect light and add a feeling of openness to an otherwise compressed space.
We worked diligently to ensure that the public spaces are intentionally designed for guests of all abilities and mobilities, creating an equitable experience for all. Throughout the three stories of attractions, equity is realized through tactile models of the skyline for guests with vision impairments, native audio systems for hearing support, quiet moments of rest away from the stimulating activity areas, and restaurant and bar seating tailored for easy wheelchair access.