One Memorial Drive

As part of an upgrade to several of their Boston properties, Blackstone Real Estate Property Management engaged CBT to redesign this 9,350-square-foot interior lobby space and façade that had not been renovated since its construction in the mid-1980s. Just down the road from MIT and overlooking the Charles River and the Boston skyline, the goal was to refresh the image of the building and make improvements to draw new and retain existing tenants. Given the nature of its location, One Memorial Drive attracts tenants in the technology sector and the design of the lobby reflects the contemporary feel that high-tech tenants demand. To create a welcoming and hospitable atmosphere, the design was modeled after emerging boutique hotels.

As visitors are greeted at a security desk that also provides concierge services, the linear spatial experience is emphasized by a reflective, back-lit glass wall that reflects the river and the iconic buildings of the Boston skyline. The dynamic glass wall slowly progresses through a chroma of light from red to green, blue to purple and white in a 10-minute cycle, further enhancing the lobby’s depth and 16-foot ceiling height.

This project employs clean finishes, crisp detailing, and overlapping of the lobby, café, and fitness functions create an energetic public experience. The café provides a bright, professional environment where tenants can utilize the space for both eating and meeting. Exterior seating in the summer months extends dining capacity while creating an overall character of a hip, urban eatery. Exercise enthusiasts have easy access to the fitness area that extends off the café and provides ample locker room and workout areas. 

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