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180 Third Avenue

Creating a visible science hub at City Point

  • 300K

    Square Feet

  • 900

    Car Structured Garage

  • $105M

    Construction Value

  • Waltham, Massachusetts

    Waltham, Massachusetts

Inspired by its location, this hub reflects an energetic and innovative spirit through its architecture and interior design

Perched along Route 128 in Waltham, Massachusetts sits the 180 Third Avenue building—the gentle curved form engages with the highway and bends into the City Point campus. Our architecture and interior design team was engaged by the developer to help attract tenants to this commercial center.

With nearly 80 feet of grade change, we designed the building to respond to the site by tucking structured parking into the base of the hill and letting the lab floors stack above, emerging from the podium with access to light and views. Inspired by the movement and speed of the highway, the façade is organized as two primary expressions. The western façade is six stories of unitized curtainwall with extruded vertical aluminum fins creating a dynamic texture. The eastern façade is composed of patterned architectural precast with ribbon windows and two-story glass expressions at the corners. We designed the garage podium façade as an undulating system of profiled fins that visually change as a viewer passes.

Interior amenities such as a basketball court, food hall, and co-working nexus are designed to attract and mix employees from the adjacent City Point buildings. Whether witnessing the façade on the highway, or interacting with the campus, our design creates a dynamic experience for passersby and occupants.

At a Glance

Meet Our Team

Steve Basque, Senior Principal, Interior Design

I am a passionate believer in the power of good design to transform workplaces, elevate multi-unit housing, and energize commercial projects.
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James Gray, Senior Principal, Architecture

Housing satisfies a universal human need, and in that mandate there is the challenge I relish: design solutions at a range of scales, from the individual eye and hand to the macro level of a city.

Ray Kettner, Senior Associate, Architecture

Our job is to help clients envision and execute ideas—we must evolve to deliver complex ideas and data with smaller, more efficient teams.
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Steve Basque

Senior Principal, Interior Design

James Gray

Senior Principal, Architecture

Ray Kettner

Senior Associate, Architecture

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