Ceremonial groundbreaking has occured for MVRDV designed residential projects that are part of the development at the Enterprise Research Campus, adjacent to the Harvard Business School in the Allston neighborhood of Boston. The new development is transforming what was once an industrial site into a green and walkable neighborhood.
The master plan, designed by Studio Gang and Henning Larsen with landscape architects SCAPE and Boston-based design firm Utile, includes apartments, buildings combining offices and laboratories, a hotel, and a conference center for Harvard University. It also incorporates part of the Greenway, which serves as the green spine of a larger master plan that spans two acres of open space connecting historic Allston to the Charles River. The residential complex design by MVRDV sits in the middle of the master plan, bordering the Greenway. The project includes two residential blocks with one eight-story mid-rise, and also a 17-story high-rise.
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On their ground floor, these structures are connected by a one-story layer of amenities such as a co-working space, a gym, a game room, and meeting rooms for use by the residents of the apartment complex. These amenities will be shared by residents, while the retail spaces located in the outside edges of the ground floor are designed to target businesses that will match the character of the rest of Allston. On the roof of this single-story connecting element is a terrace for use by the residents of the apartment buildings.
Developed by Tishman Speyer in partnership with Harvard, it aims to create a center for innovation, entrepreneurship, and collaboration between different sectors.
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