In approaching this opportunity, our team felt that the first priority was to humanize the bunker-like five-story concrete-clad podium. Here, community-driven programs—retail, restaurants, daycare, and a community room—would open to the streets, engaging both neighborhood residents and workers.
In 2012, SMMA collaborated with developer DivcoWest to provide an architectural vision in response to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ request for the purchase and redevelopment of a former courthouse in Cambridge.
The property comprises a 22-story high-rise, constructed in the early 1970s, with a gross square footage of approximately 595,000 square feet. The location is situated close to a popular MBTA station, and the property offers a unique opportunity for private investment in East Cambridge.