It’s no secret that Southie is in the midst of some major transformations. The block of West Third between A and B streets (right across from Coppersmith) is undergoing a massive change with the addition of the much anticipated PORT45. The new 105-unit sophisticated 5-story building at 45 West Third Street is sparing no amenity. Consider the on-site concierge, fitness center, elevated courtyards, bike sharing program, pet spa, dog run, common lounge and terrace, smart home technology and garage parking – yes, parking, PORT45 is living in luxury. But one of the most awaited aspects of this development is the design element. The sleek and contemporary homes were designed by the acclaimed firm Wolf in Sheep Design. We sat down recently with Alina Worhardt and chatted about PORT45 and we were lucky enough to get a peek behind the design curtain!
What was your inspiration when designing PORT45?
I wanted Port45 to feel classic and timeless and I wanted each residents to be able to make their unit their own. When designing the units, I wanted each unit to feel cohesive of course, but almost like a canvas so each resident can easily work with the existing finishes to make it feel like their own. I wanted the units to feel light and bright and use linear lines to keep a modern look.
Favorite design aspect of the PORT45:
The lobby! (Upon arrival at PORT45, be prepared to be wowed! Picture a modern and chic entrance with high ceilings and a bold accent wall. The design is simple yet packs a punch!)
Is it difficult to design for a project this large? Will each unit be the same or are some slightly different?
Each unit will mostly be the same in terms of aesthetics. Of course they will be different in terms of layout but we wanted the building to have a unified look so did not change the design of the units for that reason.
Insider’s tip when it comes to home decor:
“I think in terms of mixing styles and metals – you should never be too concerned about that so really just try to stick with what you like. I think mixing different metals in a room totally is okay and mixing styles can look very cool as well. What you need to be most careful of is the scale of things. A lot of times, you see a sofa or something that might look great in a furniture showroom but will not necessarily look good in your house. Restoration Hardware is a good example. Their pieces look great in their showroom but their showroom is extremely large so it will look very different in your house especially if you live in a condo in the city,” say Alina.
It’s all about the details:
Kitchens are expected to include a Bosch package, custon cabinetry, and Ceasarstone countertops. Bathrooms are to include Grohe bathroom fixtures, Toto dual flush toilet, and a soaking tub. The smart home features include Crestron Lighting, Honeywell Thermostats, Sonos speakers. Sweet!