Boston, MA

Based on the theory that tiny is better (or, at least, more affordable), the new YOTEL Boston hotel in Seaport Square features rooms called “cabins” that start as small as 157 square feet. About 10 percent of the rooms range from 200 to 250 square feet and are designed as “first class cabins.” A few go as high as 487 square feet. Precast concrete hollowcore plank helped create open plans and eliminate structural framing and other material needs. The Square is a 23-acre neighborhood being developed by John B. Hynes III on South Boston’s waterfront in the Seaport District. The 11-story, 326-room YOTEL is within sight of Boston Harbor and within walking distance of the World Trade Center and other downtown sights.

Exterior walls are primarily cold-formed steel studs with terra-cotta tiles and some metal panels. Fireproofing and moisture-resistant cladding is installed throughout. A distinctive vertical curtainwall is featured at the building’s center.

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Projects details

  • PrecasterJ.P. Carrara and Sons Inc., Middlebury, VT

  • OwnerYOTEL, London, UK Boston Global Investors (BGI), Boston, MA (Owner's Representative)

  • ArchitectStantec (formerly ADD, Inc.), Boston, MA

  • Structural EngineerMcNamara-Salvia Structural Engineers, Boston, MA

  • ContractorAECOM Tishman Construction, New York, NY


  • Sq. Footage: 99,000 (hotel), 78,300 (hollowcore plank)

  • Levels/Floors: 11-story

  • 585 pieces of precast concrete hollowcore plank (8-inches thick and 8-feet wide, and 18- to 21-feet long)

  • 78,300ft2 hollowcore plank (total)