Boston and its Surrounding Modern Architecture (Part 3)
The city of Boston's architecture has the reputation of an old classic English brick styled, traditional structures, thus making the task for new modernistic architect enthusiast even harder to blend in modern features with the historic classics. The city's architecture is diverse, but much of it is based on standard 19th and early 20th century techniques and designs. Older structures like churches, libraries, and commercial properties date back even further, some even way back to the 1700?s.
The New Old South Church, located in Copley Square, is a prime example of Boston's older Venetian influenced architecture. It was built by architects Cummings & Sears in 1874. On the other hand, Boston is as much an historic city as it is an modern one. Over the years, contemporary architecture has flourished, slowly penetrating the shadows of its grand traditional ancestors. In the not far 1970?s, Boston and nearby Cambridge experienced a minor modernistic wave, with architects constructing numerous projects of which skyscrapers and buildings designed with nontraditional angles, subdued colors, and unique designs.
A perfect example of the modern wave constructed in 1973, is the Harvard's Science Center. Its unusual, contemporary architecture has set the beginning stage of Boston's desire to share its historic past with a combination of equally rich and futuristic present.
Further, in Cambridge, MIT hired architect Frank Gehry to construct a modern academic complex. The project, which included funding from Bill Gates among others, made a considerable futuristic and colored splash in Boston's architectural world.
The MIT's Stata Center, was finally completed in 2004. The unique style of the building resembles an always unfinished looked appearing as if it will collapse any second. The supporting columns tilt at scary angles giving an even more bizarre sight of the structure. The walls swerve, and collide in random curves and angles which appear confusing and not proportional to the naked eye. The materials change wherever you look from brick to mirror-surface steel to brushed aluminum, and brightly colored paint. The building as a whole looks improvised, as if sketched and designed at the last moment representing freedom and creativity of research and development and stands as a proud statement of contemporary architecture. In other words, Boston has become a safe haven for enterprising new daring architects as the city's landscape is evolving, and builders are taking note.
Below are more samples of recently completed structures following the slowly penetrating new style of construction within the old city.
The Institute of Contemporary Art is another modern marvel, even though mostly criticized by many for its unconventional shape, still standing proudly in the city of Boston.
Another famous new piece of modern architecture is the so called Fishbowl office building minutes outside of Boston.