Divco West Cambridge Crossing 441 Morgan Avenue

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Divco West Cambridge Crossing 441 Morgan Avenue

441 Morgan Avenue expresses a LEED Gold research center as the key connecting interface between the Cambridge Crossing biotech hub and the open space of the Common at CX.

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The building sits at a major entry to the Cambridge Crossing neighborhood. It welcomes visitors arriving from the east, via or under the Gilmore Bridge, forms a vital framing element to the Common at CX­—and integrates the Crossing into the Cambridge skyline.

We took sustainability and context sensitivity as the two main drivers of the massing articulation and façade design.

These principles produced a building with distinct faces to address two different conditions, linked by a design language of subtle precision and a palette of warm, natural materials.

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A glass curtain wall opens the north sides to the street and park. This skin is sheared like a fabric to create terraces and smaller façade zones, whose dynamic, shifting relationship lightens the building and articulates the elevations.

Terra cotta fins block morning and afternoon summer sun, and orient alternately towards street and park to articulate the façade at the intimate pedestrian scale.

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The south façades use smaller windows with cutting-edge dynamic glass to minimize solar gain. The more regular rhythm of these windows, and the large-scale volumetric shifts, engage the more distant, civic views from the highway and Boston.

The warm tones of the terra cotta fins wrap to these faces as vertical pilasters, variably angled to achieve subtle rippling shadows.

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Pedestrian experience drives the circulation and massing. As part of the façade shear, the east corner pulls out to shield views of the Gilmore Bridge underside, while providing the first direct connection from CX Common to the bridge via accessible public elevator and cantilevered walkway.

Rather than make the loading dock a secondary element, we took its street frontage as an opportunity to index normally hidden aspects of the building.

Translucent door slats draw the eye to the striated ceiling inside the garage and loading dock, and patinated metal matches the building’s warm palette to this zone’s industrial character.

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Cambridge, MA
491,437 GSF
Commercial labs, support spaces, bicycle transit hub
Pursuing LEED Gold | WELL Core Certification | dEUI: 140


Ennead 团队
Kevin McClurkan, Judy Glina, Geoffrey Hughes, Annie Yan Bailey, Winslow Koisir, Ryan Carlisle, Ochuko Edema, Ayelet Gezow, Sam Johnson, Laura Leung, Fangzhou Liu, Kyung Min, Maanasa Nathan, Nikita Payusov, Suzanne Troiano