During a recent tour of 345 Harrison in the South End, a mystery emerged: Where are all the dogs coming from?
It seemed at every turn, someone was chasing a leash.
BUILDING BLOCK: The main building at 345 Harrison is inviting, with a giant entryway that makes it feel open from the street. Warm tones—copper- and wood-colored metal—cover the bottom floors, before rows of dark grays, glass and colored zinc facades expand upward.
FIRE AND STEEL: A French-made glass cylinder fireplace adorns the lobby along with swirling nail wall art by American Steel sculptor John Bisbee.
After cruising atop a fancy roof deck, the answer became clear. Fido and friends had come for Paws Park, yet another roof deck offering tenants’ pets fine city views and an obstacle course of tunnels, jumping boards and a faux fire hydrant.
Turns out the park for pups is one of many perks at 345 Harrison: gyms, a pool, outdoor fireplaces and lots of artwork. Set on a sprawling two-acre site, the complex tops out at 14 stories and feels like a four or five building block but is really just two towers that house 585 apartments, from studios to three-bedroom units. The place is anchored by the recently completed Harrison Avenue-facing building, sporting gray brick, copper- and wood-colored metal panels and a rainbow of horizontal strips of zinc.
TIGHT QUARTERS: Studios, which start at $2,874 a month, are modern and slick, and some feel like tiny one-bedrooms with frosted glass sliding doors that enclose the bed.
“We gave it inside treatment to outside space,” says Christopher Hill, a principal at architectural firm CBT. “We didn’t want it to compress you and make you feel tiny.”
From what we’ve seen, that goes for the canines, too.
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