Ink Block

PrizeWinner in Interior Design / Residential
Firm LocationBoston, United States
CompanyElkus Manfredi Architects
Lead ArchitectDavid P Manfredi, FAIA, LEED AP
Design TeamElizabeth O Lowrey, IIDA, Principal; John Martin, AIA, LEED AP, Principal
ClientNational Development

Set on the former site of the Boston Herald newspaper, Ink Block is a vibrant residential/retail hub located on a 6.2-acre block in South Boston. Completed in 2015, the design revitalizes this urban industrial block into a dynamic contemporary environment consistent with neighboring communities, while honoring the site’s newspaper history. Ink Block offers 463,000 square feet of residential rental in 315 units spread over three new apartment buildings known as 1 Ink, 2 Ink, 3 Ink; two condominium buildings, Sepia and Siena; a hotel; a 6,800- square-foot lawn and pool area for residents; and streetfront retail including a 50,000-square-foot Whole Foods. This new residential complex reinvigorates its surroundings with 24/7 activity. Ranging in height from five to eight stories, the buildings each evoke a distinct design vernacular to appeal to multiple tenant profiles. 1 Ink has a high-end industrial gallery feel — energetic, hip, and fresh, white with a pop of color, while 2 Ink features edgier, highly contrasting colors and wall graphics. 3 Ink complements its companion buildings by offering a sophisticated industrial design that includes warmer colors and wood integrated throughout. Sepia is an 83-unit condominium building. Condominiums occupy Levels 2 through 8, with the 8th floor housing larger penthouse units.