111 Huntington Avenue is a common name for one of Boston’s newest skyscrapers. It is beside the taller Prudential Tower and is a part of the Prudential Center complex in the city of Boston, Massachusetts. It is also unofficially known as the R2-D2 building, so called because its upper dome and structure looks similar to the popular robot character in Star Wars when seen from a distance.
The building stands 169 meters tall and houses 36 floors. Its characteristic round open dome on top makes it quite distinguishable from the surrounding buildings. It is designed according to a postmodern architectural style. The striking design of this primarily glass and aluminum structure creates a distinctive feature that makes 111 Huntington Avenue quite a noticeable landmark of the Boston skyline even at night.
The building was designed by Childs Bertman Tseckares Inc and developed by Boston Properties Inc. The building was constructed in 2001 and was completed in 2002. It primarily offers valuable rented office spaces for various businesses in the Boston area. For its striking design, the building was awarded the Bronze in the 2002 Emporis Skyscraper Award.
The building’s main lobby interior consists of reflective black marble walls and finished wood paneling. The building has two main stairways along with two freight elevators that cover all floors of the building. There are a total of 16 passenger elevators that serve different floor areas of the building. Two other elevators in the main lobby serve the two sub-level parking floors for vehicles.