MIT Site 4, Cambridge, Massachusetts
Architect Credit: NADAAA
Architect-of-Record Credit: Perkins&Will
New Construction & Renovation
Todd served as a small part of the project team on this multi-building, mixed-use planned urban development for MIT.
The Site 4 project is an integral part of MIT's planned urban development in Kendall Square, Cambridge, Massachusetts. This development involves various stakeholders such as the university, local constituents, business owners, and research companies. The project's design is influenced by the diverse buildings and programs present in Kendall Square, and it aims to revitalize the district by maximizing light exposure, providing public spaces, and establishing a green space as a major urban destination.
The new podium's south facade acts as a stage for the district, featuring a picket facade that leads to entrances into the building. The MIT Welcome Center within the building serves as a space for dialogue, conversation, and orientation. Building E38, a concrete warehouse, has been repurposed as the MIT Innovation HQ, while Building E39, a historic brick warehouse, houses part of the MIT admissions center, sustainability groups, and retail space.
The tower, standing at 300 feet, contains 454 residential units for graduate students. The tower slab cantilevers over a raised public zone that includes terraces and play spaces for children. Residents of the tower have access to communal indoor and outdoor spaces, including a community kitchen, study areas, and specialized study spaces. The mid-level roof terrace provides laundry facilities, play areas, a media room, and community dining, all while offering spectacular views of Cambridge, Boston, and the Charles River.