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Pier 4 ‘Sea Steps’ in Seaport District opening this summer

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Public space strategically located next to the Institute of Contemporary Art and amid the Harborwalk

The Sea Steps next to Pier 4 Rendering courtesy of Reed Hilderbrand

The five so-called Sea Steps next to the future Pier 4 luxury condo complex and the Institute of Contemporary Art area in the Seaport District are expected to open this summer, according to developer Tishman Speyer.

The steps—which landscape architect Reed Hilderbrand designed—are among the public amenities springing from Pier 4, a nine-story, 106-unit building with one- to four-bedroom units, each with private outdoor space and water views (and sizable price tags).

The other amenities will include a one-acre park open to the public and a continuation of the Harborwalk in the Seaport District. The amenities and the building itself are expected to all debut before 2020.

A spokeswoman for Tishman Speyer noted that the Sea Steps and Pier 4’s other public spaces fit nicely with Mayor Marty Walsh’s “Tactical Public Realm” initiative, which is seeking to amp up the amount of public space in Boston via lower-cost, smaller projects.

And the steps, by the way, will be fine for both sitting and walking.