Encore Boston Harbor Resort
"This project has elevated the bar. It's a game changer for the region, setting a new standard of quality and excellence. The gardens and open space, much like the interiors, are captivating, intended to offer a delightful escape for resort guests and local residents alike, and are what make Encore Boston Harbor truly iconic and special." - Matt Geiss, Principal, Senior Project Manager, Lifescapes International
The Encore Boston Harbor Resort in Everett, Mass. opened in June 2019 and includes 50,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor conference/event space, 21,000 square feet of seasonal outdoor space overlooking the Boston Harbor and skyline and a 6-acre park space. Landscape architecture firm Lifescapes International of Newport Beach, Calif. created an inviting and iconic landscape for this waterfront resort.
A lush oasis of colorful flowers and verdant beauty is seen upon arrival. The sinuous entry drive lined with majestic Scotch pines and stately serviceberry trees ascends to a welcoming porte cochere featuring David Harber's Torus, a 7-foot diameter polished stainless-steel convex sculpture set within a vibrant parterre garden. There is a significant rise in elevation up to the front door, which capitalizes on the riverfront views and further enhances the sense of arrival.
Once inside, four sculptural ficus trees from Southern California frame the centerpiece - a colorful floral carousel designed by Preston Bailey set in the luxuriant, seasonally inspired interior garden lobby. Six thousand annual color containers fill the surrounding planters and are changed out every 2-3 weeks to keep the entry experience fresh and welcoming to all who visit. A cascade of flowers caresses the curved escalators that take visitors from the first-floor lobby to the second-floor mezzanine, while the immense skylight above floods the space with natural light.