Contemporary Architecture, Cambridge Boston

Walking around the MIT campus in Cambridge is like taking a free modern architectural history tour. Here are a few of my favorite buildings in this Boston neighborhood.  

 

 Novartis Research Complex by Maya Lin

Novartis Research Complex by Maya Lin

Right on the corner of Mass Ave and Landsdowne St is the beautiful Novartis Center -- with its perforated stone facade you can't miss it. Maya Lin designed the envelope of the building with local travertine which helps to bridge the gap between science and art. 

 

 Stata Center by Frank Gehry

Stata Center by Frank Gehry

The undulating building just around the corner on Vassar Street reminds me of a building that's either collapsing from pressure or one that's about to burst upward like a geyser. Gehry's structure offers an interesting vision of what a street can look like especially in a crowded area full of generic buildings. 

 Simmons Hall by Steven Holl

Simmons Hall by Steven Holl

Keep walking south on Vassar St and you will encounter the majestic gridded dormitory designed by Steven Holl. As you approach take note of all the bright colors that are embedding inside the casings of each window. Then, take a walk across the adjacent sports field to take in the view of this building from a few blocks away where its presence can really be felt. 

 Simmons Hall by Steven Holl

Simmons Hall by Steven Holl

 Cafe, bakery and pizza @ Area Four

Cafe, bakery and pizza @ Area Four

I would recommend popping into nearby Area Four for a snack and coffee -- they make a mean almond latte. Right on Main St it's an open light filled spot that also has incredible wood oven pizzas if you're feeling hungry.