Traveling to the United States to explore its architecture is always a pleasure. Just four hours from New York, Boston surprises us with how easy it is to walk through it, its orderly urbanism and its green spaces. And, above all, because of the high concentration of buildings of recognized architects per square meter that it is possible to visit in just a couple of days. In a city that does not reach a million inhabitants, we can find examples of Victorian-inspired architecture, brutalist conception – such as its town hall – many others from the Modern Movement and also spectacular contemporary buildings.
Boston is a global educational focus with two institutions that are among the most prestigious in the world in Cambridge, crossing the bridge: Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
The most prominent buildings on the MIT campus are the Ray and Maria Stata Center, designed by architect Frank Gehry, or Kresge Auditorium and the MIT chapel designed both by Eero Saarinen. We loved the student residence designed by the master Alvar Aalto (Baker House) and the recent Simons Hall by Steven Holl. The campus breathes a calm atmosphere and the architecture is integrated with nature to make the trip a pleasure.
Havard square has been the center of student activity since the 17th century and has been recently renovated. One of the only sunny days we had was propitious to see the new urban space in full activity. On the campus of Harvard University, highlights the impressive Carpenter Center of Visual Arts, from Le Corbusier and several works of the Catalan architect Josep Lluís Sert.
Pictures & Text: Marta Vélez