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2023 Award Winners



Innovative Housing Solution



Best in Region—North Atlantic

Boston, Massachusetts

Architect/Designer | Elkus Manfredi Architects

Builder | Cranshaw Construction

Developer | National Development

Landscape Architect/Designer | Copley Wolff Design Group

Interior Designer | Elkus Manfredi Architects

Photographer | Raj Das Photography

7INK is the newest addition to Ink Block, an award-winning development including six multifamily buildings, a hotel and 82,000 square feet of retail. 7INK debuts a new residential product to Boston, designed to meet challenges in the rental market by making high-quality housing financially more accessible, including multiple components within monthly rent and building not just a structure but a community.

7INK is Boston’s first Inclusive Living residence, bringing together a highly diverse group of residents. The LEED Gold building includes 353 rentable units in 180 apartments. Residents can choose a traditional apartment or individual bedroom (convertible to a living area) in a three- or four-bedroom suite where common areas are shared. Everything is included in the monthly rent, from furniture to utilities to internet/cable to a robust activities program.

Inclusive Living reduces the price point by approximately one-third for those who want to live in a first-class building with more than 15,000 square feet of amenities. Common spaces include multiple work-from-home spaces ranging from individual offices to “group think” conference spaces to the Great Room with beverage bar offering complimentary cold brew and kombucha on tap.

From the Judges
This innovative solution addresses so many housing issues that young people have, while keeping it architecturally interesting. We love the fun exterior and efficient use of common living. 

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