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How Rottet Studio designed a trio of owners-only amenity spaces for The Sudbury Residences at Bulfinch Crossing

The Sudbury was initially conceived as rental apartments. But once the team behind the 46-story residential tower fully understood just how stunning its views would be, they developed the top 11 floors as condos and christened them The Sudbury Residences. 

“There are water views on both sides. You get sunrise over the harbor and sunset over the Charles,” said David Nagahiro, principal at CBT Architects, the Boston-based firm that designed the building. “At night, the harbor goes black, but the city skyline back to the Financial District is stunning.”

Condominium owners get more than show-stopping views. Designers at CBT Architects bedecked the 55 units, which range from 1,738 square feet to 2,766 square feet, with fancier fixtures, fittings, and finishes. 

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The biggest wows come from the trio of owners-only amenity spaces — lobby, lounge, and rooftop garden — created by international architecture and design firm Rottet Studio led by founding principal Lauren Rottet. The team based their concepts on “new Boston intersecting with old Boston,” and cited the juxtaposition between Isabella Stewart Gardner’s palazzo and its contemporary addition by Renzo Piano as an example.

“How do we make something that honors the tradition of Boston within the 21st century?” Rottet said. “With contemporary gestures in classic materials.”

Owners enter through a jewel-box lobby clad in creamy white marble with smoky black marble accents. On one side, faceted brass reception desks nestle against floor-to-ceiling oak and leather panels. On the other, low-slung ivory seating rests in front of tall windows with decorative metal screens. Abstract artworks flank the fireplace, and a custom brass chandelier with cut-crystal globes traverses the space. Passersby can see it sparkle from the street.

“A piece of jewelry owned by Isabella Stewart Gardner influenced our design for the chandelier,” associate principal James Cull said. “The lobby glows to offer warmth in the evening and winter months.”

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The designers carried golden hues up to the Club Room, a living room style retreat on the 33rd floor. Softly curved furnishings in shades of russet, ochre, and blue are clustered in front of the two fireplaces and in front of windows with views up the Charles River past Cambridge.

“The color palette was inspired by the views over Boston’s brownstones and autumnal foliage, as well as the serene blues of the sky and water,” Cull said.

A large television hides behind sliding panels, ready for Super Bowl parties. The Strand Bookstore curated a library of Boston-related titles. Moody, deconstructed portraits are contemporary interpretations of historical portraits like those by John Singer Sargent. 

Ebony cabinets with rose gold details, fluted glass, and stone backsplash anchors the Club Room’s intimate dining area and chef kitchen. 

The Rooftop Garden is a lush, three-season oasis. Although open to the sky, three façades provide protection from the wind and lend the feel of an outdoor room. Heaters built into beams overhead along with a fireplace and fire tables help to ward off low temps. A full outdoor kitchen comes complete with an herb garden. 

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Manhattan-based landscape architecture firm Dirtworks designed the planting scheme. Trees, shrubs, and grasses grow in custom aluminum planters and handmade, textured clay ones from Belgium, while greenery crisscrosses a contemporary metal trellis that echoes the porcelain pavers underfoot. 

And of course, there’s the view.

The Sudbury, owned and developed by National Real Estate Advisors and The HYM Investment Group, is part of Bulfinch Crossing, a mixed-use development in the Haymarket neighborhood of downtown Boston. Campion and Company is handling sales; gallery open by appointment.

The Sudbury Residences, 110 Sudbury St., Boston, 02114; 617-227-2080

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