Millennium Tower

Millennium Tower
  1. About the Millennium Tower in Boston
    1. Prizes & Awards
  2. Architect and team
  3. Architectural style
  4. Spaces and uses
  5. Structure and materials

The Millennium Tower is a Contemporary skyscraper designed between 2012 and 2013 by Handel Architects, with Blake Middleton as lead architect, and built between 2013 and 2016, for a reported $375 million dollars, in Boston, MA.

Millennium Tower is not the only name you might know this building by though. The building is, or has also been known as One Franklin.

Its precise street address is 1 Franklin Street, Boston, MA. You can also find it on the map here.

In 2018 the Millennium Tower was awarded with the Concrete Reinforcing Steel Institute (CRSI) Honors Award.

The semi-silver facade of Millennium Tower contrasts with the context of stone and masonry. The facets of the tower were utilized to provide more of the residences with views to the south and west, overlooking The Common park.

Building's timeline

Design begins
Construction begins
Construction completed
years ago

Architect and team

Handel Architects, with Blake Middleton as the lead architect, was the architecture firm in charge of the architectural design.

Handel Architects was in charge of the architectural design, however, architecture is a complex discipline involving many professionals from different fields, without whom this building would have not been possible. We will surely be leaving out a lot of names here, but here is a list of the people we do know also played their part in making the Millennium Tower a reality:

  • DeSimone Consulting Engineers in charge of Structural Engineering
  • Millennium Partners as the Main Developer
  • Cosentini Associates in charge of MEP Engineering
  • Richard Burck Associates in charge of Landscape Architecture

Architectural Style

The Millennium Tower can be categorized as a Contemporary building.

Contemporary style architecture builds on top of the principles of Modernism and Postmodernism, but incorporates other variables which might not have been that important in the past, but certainly are today, such as technology, sustainability, inclusivity, and others.

From a historical point of view, it is hard to categorize things from a not-so-distant time, and therefore we choose to categorize most buildings built after the year 2000 as "Contemporary". It is possible that as time goes by and we, as a society, gain perspective on the things happening today, we'll be able to look back and recategorize all these buildings into more concrete subsections, some of which might not even exist today.

Spaces & Uses

The Millennium Tower reaches an architectural height of 686ft (209m). It has a total of 60 floors.

If you want to get a nice view of Boston the Millennium Tower offers an observatory deck.

In regards to parking space, the building has a total of 550 spots available, which roughly equals 9 spots per floor (above ground).

Ever since opening its doors to the public in 2016, the Millennium Tower has mainly been used as Residential space, with other complementary uses such as commercial space.

About the residences

The Millennium Tower has a total of 442 residential units throughout its 60 floors. If you are interested in learning more about the residences and their availability, you can check the Millennium Tower's website.

686ft (209m)

Materials & Structure

The Millennium Tower uses a frame structure made of concrete columns and beams.

A frame structure uses a combination of beams and columns to sustain the building's weight. The walls in this case are non-load bearing, which allows for more flexibility when distributing the interior spaces.

The facade is non-load bearing either, as it is common in frame structure type buildings.

From an aesthetic point of view, the facade features a continuous blue-tinted glass curtain wall that is only interrupted by a dramatic cut on the rooftop terrace, continuing with a beveled peak that accentuates the building's verticality.

The faceted silhouette of the facade accentuates the building's verticality, and at the same time creates some shades and rhythm to an otherwise continuous and monotone facade.

The tower sits on a five-level podium. The facade of the podium features folded glass panels engraved with a rhythmic series of vertical band panels.

Other materials found at the Millennium Tower include, limestone, used on the enormous panels framing the entrance doors to the building, wood , found on the walls of some rooms and on the stairs landings, and marble, used in different colors on walls and floors.