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City of Cambridge, King Open/Cambridge Street Upper Schools and Community Complex
Cambridge, MA

The King Open/Cambridge Street Upper Schools and Community Complex serves as a neighborhood anchor on Cambridge Street and reflects the City’s commitment to creating a sustainable and resilient community. The project carefully balances the sense of welcome to all while providing Cambridge’s youngest citizens a safe and inspiring learning environment.

The complex is many things to many people – a school, daycare, public library, pools, school administration, and community center. The branch library and pools are prominently placed to send a strong signal to all to engage in their community resource and claim it as their own. The complex is set in a series of green and open spaces programmed with five playgrounds to accommodate all ages and abilities.

The project sets a new standard for school design and high-performing buildings through the creation of a 21st century learning lab. The project is 100% electric resulting in both a carbon and emissions-free building. The Community Complex is the first Net Zero Emissions and first LEED v4 Platinum school in Massachusetts.

With Arrowstreet

Robert Benson Photography; City of Cambridge District Photographer
2019 U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) Best of Massachusetts Award; 2020 Congress for New Urbanism, Charter Award; 2020 IES Illumination Award Award of Merit for Energy and Environmental Lighting Design - Merit for Energy; Presenting at Greenbuild 2020 International Conference and Expo "Leading By Example: A Net Zero Community Complex"
Robert Benson Photography ©