Cambridge Center

Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1988

Kendall Square, directly across the river from downtown Boston and fronting Massachusetts Institute of Technology, was the last major undeveloped area of Cambridge. In 1965 the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development designated it as the Kendall Square Urban Renewal Area and allocated funds for its development. The firm was commissioned in 1978 as master planner and architect for the project. Working with the City of Cambridge, MIT, and the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, the firm formalized a master plan for the thirteen-acre triangle of land and designed the component buildings. The focal point of the project is a mixed-use development that consists of a 431-room Marriott Hotel, four office buildings, retail space, and a parking structure for 1,000 cars. The major infrastructure and public spaces include improved city streets and open spaces, a modernized subway station, a public park atop the garage, and a piazza that serves as a central gathering place.

Project Type: Mixed Use

Client: Boston Properties

Cost: $129 million

Size: 1500000