Winthrop Center

Winthrop Square Tower


1.5 million sf


Boston, MA

Project type

Commercial Mixed-Use


MP Boston


$1.3 billion

Completion Date


Architect of Record

Handel Architects

Project Overview

Winthrop Center will create a new 691-foot mixed-use tower in the heart of Boston’s Financial District. Currently under construction, the project will revitalize the existing Winthrop Square and create a new year round destination that is truly a place for all of Boston.

The program includes 772,422 sf of office space and 387 residential units atop a multi-story “Great Hall” podium. The Hall will connect the site between Federal and Devonshire Streets, and will serve as a pedestrian thoroughfare. Surrounded by publicly accessible meetings space and restaurant/retail space, the Hall will feature a 350-person assembly space that will host a variety of educational, civic, performance, and cultural experiences. The project also includes four levels of underground parking for 500 vehicles. In collaboration with the Asian Community Development Corp, the development includes approximately 108,289 sf of affordable housing at the P-12C site.

Handel Architects is the Architect of Record on the project. DREAM Collaborative has been engaged as collaborating architect with a focus on the design of the Great Hall, as well as additional elements of project.

Key Features

  • Mixed-Use tower
  • Great Hall public podium
  • Underground parking
  • Architecture collaboration


Conceptual Design

Early phase of the design process, in which the broad outlines of function and form are articulated through sketches and models.

Schematic Design

Schematic is where we figure out how the building will look and function. This phase involves precedent research, analysis including zoning and building code issues, space planning, and lots of sketching, modeling, and client meetings.

Design Development

Further development of design documents and coordination of the systems and specifications dimensionally in concert with the consultants drawings.

Construction Documents

Fully detailed documents and specifications used to establish a construction cost estimate, attain the building permit, and to guide the construction.

Moving Forward in the Age of COVID-19

During these times of extraordinary disruption, DREAM Collaborative remains steadfast in our belief that architecture should work toward the Greater Good. In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, lines have been blurred and we’re seeing opportunities all around us to reimagine the way we live, work, and organize our society and our spaces. We are honored to play a part in the transition toward a renewed society that prioritizes well-being, equity, and innovation.

As partners, we’re bringing our curiosity and the diversity of our perspectives to conversations about how design and development will need to evolve in a post-COVID world. We’re convening panel discussions and reaching out to other minority and women-owned businesses to brainstorm solutions to the unique and compounded challenges we face. Most importantly, we’re committed to providing the highest level of service and support to our valued clients and partners in the community, who we know are also being pushed to the limits of their resources and ingenuity in order to thrive in this historic moment.