Above is a plan for an 18th-floor corner unit at Fort Point's 315 on A, which is scheduled to open in November. It's part of a $100 million, 202-unit project that is basically everything Boston's slated to be by the time you're old(er) and gray(er). In a nutshell, it's called "20-Minute Living."
The concept, coined by developer Gerding Edlen (which also did Factory 63, also in Fort Point), is basically a hybrid of transit-oriented development and ruthlessly green construction practices. Take 315 on A's secure bicycle room with air compressors; or its soy-based insulation; or the wood that was recycled in its development; or the mobile-controlled thermostats designed to help the building every year conserve enough juice, according to the developer, to power 126 homes, remove 38 cars from the road, and save 3,812,000 gallons of water.
Mostly, though, 20-Minute Living is the idea of living in an urban core decked out to meet the needs of its busy, busy residents, an approach we've seen reflected before in everything from micro-apartments to the very Innovation District in which 315 on A sits. Of course, this living ain't cheap: A 2-BR, 2-BA like the one above starts at $4,049; studios will run you $2,129 and up; and one-bedrooms begin at more than $2,500. Go.
· Website: 315 on A [Gerding Edlen]
· A Chip Off the New M Block Debuts [Curbed Boston]
· Are Boston Micro-Apartments for Real? [Curbed Boston]
· How to Talk About the Innovation District [Curbed Boston]