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Designed by CBT Architects and situated in the heart of Kendall Square in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the LEED Gold certified Watermark Kendall West offers residential, commercial, and retail. In April 2014 Recover Green Roofs installed two roof patios on the 2nd and 21st floors designed to provide residents with recreational and leisure spaces overlooking Cambridge, the Charles River, and downtown Boston. The 2nd Floor Terrace is a 15,000 square foot amenity space connecting the two residential towers. In 2018, Recover Green Roofs and landscape architects IBI Placemaking renovated the west side of the 2nd floor rooftop courtyard to include a variety of activity areas, more shaded seating, and a greater diversity of plants to draw local pollinators. As part of the selective demolition, Recover was able to salvage and recycle both inert materials and organic matter, including four mature Redbud trees that are now happily thriving elsewhere. This 2nd floor terrace features a custom outdoor kitchen, large exercise safety surface and synthetic turf lawn, bar-top seating under a custom-made steel pergola, sleek media lounge, a light trellis over cafe style seating, and wood privacy pergolas.

Why artificial turf? Designers say living lawns are preferred, but they needed low maintenance and durability for the highly programmed space. Sedum mats surround hardscaping pathways, and four large Japanese Maple trees have room to grow in large custom planters. Installed with Bison Innovative Products, each seating area is buffered by planters of grasses and flowering perennials that provide late-season foraging for pollinators, creating comfortable spaces for groups and individuals on this nearly half-acre amenity roof. The 21st floor rooftop terrace, also known as the ‘Sky Deck,’ offers breathtaking panoramic views. The 1,800 square foot terrace features Brazilian hardwood decking, concrete pavers, seating and meeting space with high-end finishes, custom-fabricated planters, living walls, and drought-tolerant grasses and plantings. This green roof also features Bison wood tiles and pedestals surrounded by a grass lawn that is dog-friendly. Home to a diverse community, the property identifies best-in-class sustainability strategies to guide its environmental efforts. Overlooking the Charles River and the MIT campus, the roof terrace and courtyard greenroof beautifully illustrate Watermark Kendall West’s philosophy while providing amenities for an active lifestyle along with spectacular views.

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Watermark Kendall West – Featured Project

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