Ink Block

Boston, Massachusetts
Client: National Development

Ink Block is a game changer, not only in the South End, but in the entire City of Boston. Elkus Manfredi’s design of the seven individual buildings that form the block has a fresh urban edge that is a catalyst for a thriving new neighborhood.”

Ted Tye

Principal, National Development

Project Description

  • This 463,000-sf mixed-use hub was developed on 6.2‑acre industrial site that was once home to the Boston Herald.
  • Five residential buildings, a hotel, and ground floor retail combine to create a dynamic 24/7 urban neighborhood.
  • Re-envisioned block honors site’s history and links formerly disconnected industrial and residential neighborhoods.
  • Three rental and two condominium buildings are each designed with a different aesthetic vernacular to appeal to multiple tenant profiles.

Gustav Hoiland (exteriors), Andrew Bordwin (interiors)

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Pattern and texture are of critical design interest to me. More than mere surface treatment, they add depth, vitality, and meaning to architecture.”

Honor Merceret LEED AP

Architect, Elkus Manfredi Architects

Karen Sakey

My favorite part of Ink Block is the strong vision for the site and the design concepts developed for each building. We took inspiration from the industrial history of the site, the printing presses from the Boston Herald factory, the cartoons from the newspaper funnies — the list goes on. Overall it was a fun, collaborative process with the client, and the concept drove our design to be a success!”

Karen Sakey  IIDA, LEED AP ID+C

Interior Designer, Elkus Manfredi Architects


Architecture MasterPrize

Winner in Interior Design / Residential


World Interiors News

Finalist – Residential Development Interiors 

Ink Block Dinner Party
Ink Block Sepia Lobby Seating
Ink Block Sepia Roof Terrace