We designed the final building at CDP to highlight the local, natural setting within the larger urban context
The Alewife Reservation, one of greater Boston’s largest urban wilds, provides a beautiful setting for a scientific innovation hub—the Cambridge Discovery Park (CDP). This mixed-use, master planned campus was designed by our team, featuring three office/lab buildings, a 150-key hotel, and two structured parking garages. Building 400-500 was the final building at CDP, designed to express the corner site and internal roadways.
We designed this 6-story building with the lower two levels carved away to allow vehicle and pedestrian circulation to pass through at grade, while the upper four floors bridge above to create larger floor plates desired by modern lab tenants. This unique arrangement allows for two separate entrance identities and connections to the ground floor café and fitness amenities. The Alewife Reservation and its expansive park-like setting inspired our design of the massing and façade elements, creating a warm-modern design vocabulary.
Building 400-500 signifies an exciting milestone, with CDP preparing to welcome biotech and life science tenants to one of Cambridge’s largest office campuses, featuring desirable pedestrian connections and expansive view corridors.
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