11. CARPENTER CENTER FOR VISUAL ARTS

Location- Cambridge, MA, USA
Project Year- 1963
Typology- Institute

One of the oldest buildings in the States, designed by Le Corbusier, is located on the Harvard University’s campus. This modernist structure houses large open spaces for the students to work and showcase their art. A synthesis of art and architecture, the building takes on a less traditional approach to the design and organization of the interior spaces. It has the typical beton-brut concrete works which were implicated in tot the facade system. It basically appears to be an inverted version of Villa Savoye embodying the five points of architecture on the exterior rather than the interior. The Carpenter Center exemplifies that push and advancement in Corbusier’s work that would influence the modernist aesthetic and future styles.

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12. PEABODY TERRACE

Location- Cambridge, MA, USA
Project Year- 1964
Typology- Student Housing

A housing project which accommodates about 1500 Harvard graduate students and families, it is a combination of shared open spaces and design aesthetics. Sert believed architecture had a social mission and he popularized the attitude that “architects should be thinking about the city as a whole and not only about individual buildings.” A series of quadrangles and three sided open spaces face the Charles river, echoing the procession of open spaces. The existing roads were converted to pedestrian pathways. .Unit plans are streamlined and compact. The facade of Peabody Terrace brings color ad life to the white cubist architecture.

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13. JOHN HANCOCK TOWER

Location- Boston, MA, USA
Project Year- 2015
Typology- Commercial

A 62-story rhomboid-shaped minimalistic building reviled and dubbed as “Plywood Palace” , the tower is one of the most beautiful addition to the Boston skyline. Adjacent to the historic Trinity Church and the surrounding city through the reflections on the mirrored glass.

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14. INSTITUTE OF CONTEMPORARY ART

Location- Boston, MA, USA
Project Year- 2006
Typology- Museum

A new harborside icon, a poetic waterfront gathering place, the ICA is designed with critical sensibility which embodies materiality and assembly, decidedly architecture-for-art. The waterfront structure is a great asset for the museum and a distraction from its inwardly focused surroundings. The entry is covered under the belly of the theatre and revealed as a panorama at the crossover gallery. The cantilever edits the context from view, leaving only the texture of water, a box-like shape wrapped on three sides with glass.. At night, its backlit surface glows like a lantern on the harbor’s edge.

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15. CHESTNUT STREET TOWNHOUSE

Location- Boston, MA, USA
Project Year- 2016
Typology – Residential Renovation

One of the first houses to be built on Beacon Hill in 50 years, the original structure was thought to have been stable before it was converted in to house in 1920s. The local preservation company restored the house with a precise understanding of the neighbourhood’s historic architectural elements. The design took inspiration from the original structure to maintain contextual sensitivity. Materials like copper, wrought iron, and steel were used to anchor the building to its historical context.

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16. CENTER FOR LIFE SCIENCE

Location- Boston, MA, USA
Project year- 2008
Typology- Office Building

The goal was to address a serious, need for flexible, state of the art research space, the nation’s intellectual epicenter for life science research. The 12-story building is an efficient and cost-effective space designed with an innovative up/down construction. A certified LEED Core building, it approaches towards sustainability as a whole structure.

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17. BRUCE C. BOILING MUNICIPAL BUILDING

Location- Boston, MA, USA
Project Year- 2015
Typology- Institutional

A 2015 project, the building is located at Dudley Square, Roxbury, Boston. It houses the Boston Public School department and thus a very important public building. It has an open layout which basically promotes collaboration and transparency. The building has a historic five story limestone and terra-cotta facade creating a rich texture for the building which blends in with the surroundings of the Dudley Square. Various floors of the structure are dedicated to different activities. Being a municipal building with a combination of small offices, meeting rooms, public interaction spaces the structure is most visited by the local residents.

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18. CAMBRIDGE PUBLIC LIBRARY

Location-  Boston, MA, USA
Project Year- 2011
Typology- Library

The Harleston Parker Medal award winning to “the single most beautiful” building in the greater Boston, the Cambridge Library sets out as one of the most amazing buildings in Boston. Revolving around the concept of “Library in the Park”,  the LEED Silver public library has a double skin curtain wall facade through which the structure achieves remarkable transparency that brings the park in to the library.

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19. ICA WATERSHED

Location- Boston, MA, USA
Project Year- 2018
Typology- Museum

The ICA – Watershed is a large scale display of contemporary art project located in an abandoned copper pipe factory. Many elements of the watershed’s original design was retained, resulting in a fusion of retained infrastructure with the introduction of new industrial materials which gives out the idea of “contemporary art”. A translucent polycarbonate skin clads the mundane steel structure of the watershed. A monumental hangar door invites the public in to the building revealing the history of Boston’s Shipyard by connecting the art space to the shipyard, welcoming them as participants to the watershed’s experience.

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20. HARKNESS COMMONS

Location- Cambridge, MA, USA
Project Year- 1950
Typology- Academic Center

One of the first modern buildings on the Harvard Campus, the building is too subtle and contextual to garner much attention. This was because of the use of industrial materials like glass and steel. Gropius adapted the Bauhaus idea which basically promoted function ver beauty, that is “form follows function” ideology. The building had a simple design with a centrally placed courtyard around which the building had broad single curve.

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