New development in the Boston region can seem rather pedestrian design-wise—usually some proportion of boxy and glassy. Every now and then, though, a proposal comes along that draws particular attention for its novelty or at least its attempt at mold-breaking.
Right now, there area a few such designs under consideration in the area. Here they are.
Probably the most provocative right now is Boston University’s recently proposed headquarters for its data sciences. KPMB Architects has designed the 19-story tower at 645-665 Commonwealth Avenue to resemble a stack of books.
In Cambridge’s Kendall Square, developer Boston Properties wants to replace the four-story building housing the M.I.T. Coop with an 18-story tower that bulges as it rises. The design of the building—which may or may not house Google offices when all is said and done—has met with some skepticism. What’d you think?
Talk about context: Elkus Manfredi’s design for the 22-story St. Regis Residences, Boston is meant to evoke a billowing sail. That’s because the tony condo tower now under construction is going up in the Seaport District.
Elkus Manfredi is also designing the new properties at the 20-acre Hood Park site in Charlestown, along with SMMA. The project is due to include seven fresh buildings, including the 290-foot 35 Supertest Street, which will look like a figure-eight all the way up, and 25 Supertest Street, a 100-foot building that will look like two stacked rectangles.
Stantec is behind the design for the redevelopment of the Dock Square Garage in downtown Boston. The city is reviewing the project, which would include a 10-story addition to the garage for 195 condos. Its roof is supposed to end up looking like terraces descending down toward the neighboring Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway.
- Boston University tower in Kenmore Square area will look like stack of books [Curbed Boston]
- Kendall Square tower would replace M.I.T. Coop with possible Google offices [Curbed Boston]
- Seaport District’s St. Regis Residences luxury tower to break ground in October [Curbed Boston]
- Charlestown’s Hood Park development proposal adds 200 housing units [Curbed Boston]
- Dock Square Garage redevelopment would include glass facade, stairs-like roof [Curbed Boston]
- Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway: 11 hidden gems along the famed linear park [Curbed Boston]