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New M.I.T. dorm in Kendall Square: details and a rendering

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28-story building would include grad-student housing

We’ve known for a while that M.I.T. is planning to build big south of Main Street in Kendall Square (and now just north of Broadway as well).

Now fresh details are out about at least one of the five buildings the university wants to build below Main.

According to filings with the City of Cambridge, M.I.T. plans a new 28-story building with 319,085 square feet of graduate-student housing and 18,893 square feet of childcare space.

The plans also incorporate two existing buildings already at the development site—292 Main Street and 290 Main Street. Those buildings would contain 67,560 square feet of academic offices, according to M.I.T.’s plans.

Together, the new and the existing buildings would also have more than 20,600 square feet of retail and other uses on the ground floor.

The really striking thing about M.I.T.’s plans—which go before the Cambridge Planning Board on Nov. 29—is the design of the new building by Nadaaa and Perkins+Will. (Nadaaa’s founder, Nader Tehrani, headed M.I.T.’s School of Architecture and Planning from 2010 to 2014.)

The base of the building will be a three-story “podium” with a 25-story addition over and behind. See the rendering above.

If all goes according to plan—and the proposed development has apparently won raves from Cambridge so far—M.I.T. expects to start construction in 2017 and finish in 2020.