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Old 11-02-2017, 12:20 AM   #201
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Old 11-02-2017, 08:10 AM   #202
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This thing is getting to be very visible from Storrow. It looks like it's going to be taller than the new building across the street (I dont/cant bother learning the names of the Kendall developments)?
That's the Broad Institute (or, more specifically, it's more recent addition). The Broad is a world renown lab for genetics-related stuff, with affiliations to both Harvard and MIT. It operates, however, as an independent entity.

My guess is the two will be of very similar height once done. Pretty sure standard cambridge zoning is 250', and I don't recall the Ames St. project contesting that...

I agree a few more floors here would have been appropriate in housing-starved kendall. I have deferred such hopes to the Volpe site very close by...
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Old 11-02-2017, 08:12 AM   #203
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^ and btw, beautiful building (despite being a few floors too short).

- Breaks up the brown brick of Kendall very nicely
- Love the vertical lines; especially the texture of these lines at podium level
- Love the proportions - it manages to not look like a fatty from most angles

This one's a winner (across most, but not all, parameters)
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Old 11-02-2017, 08:22 AM   #204
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That's the Broad Institute (or, more specifically, it's more recent addition). The Broad is a world renown lab for genetics-related stuff, with affiliations to both Harvard and MIT. It operates, however, as an independent entity.

My guess is the two will be of very similar height once done. Pretty sure standard cambridge zoning is 250', and I don't recall the Ames St. project contesting that...

I agree a few more floors here would have been appropriate in housing-starved kendall. I have deferred such hopes to the Volpe site very close by...
It will be 284' to the top. Slightly taller than the Broad Institute (see Figure 1.12).

http://www.cambridgema.gov/~/media/F..._pt1.pdf?la=en
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Old 11-02-2017, 08:36 AM   #205
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It will be 284' to the top. Slightly taller than the Broad Institute (see Figure 1.12).

http://www.cambridgema.gov/~/media/F..._pt1.pdf?la=en
Gotcha - and thanks for making up for my laziness re: obtaining the real facts!

I knew it had to be 250' +/-, though...cambridge tradition!
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Old 11-02-2017, 09:47 AM   #206
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Gotcha - and thanks for making up for my laziness re: obtaining the real facts!

I knew it had to be 250' +/-, though...cambridge tradition!
I could be wrong but I believe mech is allowed to add up to 20% on top of zoning, which is why all the 250' zoned towers go closer to 300'.
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Old 11-02-2017, 11:03 AM   #207
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BTW, this building has an official name - Proto. Should this thread title be updated?

https://protokendallsq.com/
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Old 11-02-2017, 03:06 PM   #208
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BTW, this building has an official name - Proto. Should this thread title be updated?

https://protokendallsq.com/
I'll be the first to say it, I hate the name. Sounds too start-upy/techy for a residential building, even given its location.
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Old 11-03-2017, 08:32 AM   #209
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They should just star selling off naming rights to these new buildings. Who wouldnt want to live in the Quicken Loans Building or the Nationwide Insurance Luxury Residences?
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Old 11-06-2017, 10:43 PM   #210
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IMG_0443 by David Z, on Flickr

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Old 11-16-2017, 09:51 PM   #211
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Old 11-17-2017, 05:53 PM   #212
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Heres a great example of a tower thats not that tall but the verticality works very well. Its just thin enough to make the height work. The facade also isn't anything special but the way the pieces are being used its coming out very well. It has the Boston white precast panels but with the grey mixed in and the vertical lines are really working. I think a lot of developers could learn a great deal from this about how to make ordinary materials look amazing. The renders also show the facade breaking up towards the top where the white lines stop and leave just the grey panels and glass to change it up in the top corner. I really like this a lot. This tower looks great.
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Old 11-18-2017, 08:09 AM   #213
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From last weekend

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Old 11-18-2017, 10:18 AM   #214
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Old 11-18-2017, 06:41 PM   #215
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I mostly love this project, I actually think it's just the right height for its location, it's gonna do wonders for that street wall, and it has nice geometry.

My only complaint is the gray concrete cladding, which up-close has a grainy concrete texture which just doesn't mesh well with everything around it.
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