At Rivermark Towers, Bruner/Cott doesn’t shy away from adding color to Cambridge’s historic, Brutalist shoreline

Memorial Drive in Cambridge, Massachusetts, is peppered with modern buildings made by 20th century icons. MIT owns two of the finest examples of campus architecture ever built on the Charles Rivers promenade: Baker House by Alvar Aalto, built in 1949, and I. M. Pei’s Visual Arts Center, from 1962. Three years after Pei’s tower was built, Josef Lluís Sert completed Peabody Terrace, a housing complex for Harvard students. Sert injected hulking concrete masses into the quiet brick town on the Charles River, though their construction was met with mixed reviews. Sert said he wanted to “bring the color and life of the Mediterranean” to Cambridge, but critics

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