One Kenmore Square

Collaborators: Participated with Reed Hilderbrand 

Role: Lead Landscape Designer / Project Manager

Status: Boston Planning and Development Agency Board Approval

Location: Boston, MA

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Commonwealth Avenue Current and Historical Configuration

With the presence of the historical Citgo Sign, a landmark for the Boston Marathon and crossroads for any Rex Sox game, Kenmore Square has always played an important role in shaping Boston’s public realm. However, the current condition of the square lacks support for pedestrian movement, provides no open spaces to host daily public activities, and has no strong architectural identity. This new proposal delivers a comprehensive improvement plan for traffic and pedestrian flow through the square, by redirecting vehicle movement on Beacon Street. As a result, the public realm area increases by approximately 4 times with a brand new plaza space to host an iconic hotel designed by Studio Gang. The new design will bring an active urban life to One Kenmore Square, improving the livelihood of the neighborhood while creating a safer zone for bikers and pedestrians.

One Kenmore Square Before vs After

A new, 29-story, approximately 391-room hotel surrounded by an approximately half-acre public plaza will be introduced to Kenmore Square. With the demolition of the existing building, the new hotel is proposed to the site shifting east, amid the new public plaza. The shift allows for the construction of a new public street to connect Commonwealth Avenue and Beacon Street, in between the new plaza and the former building site. 

Project Information with reference to Boston Planning and Development Agency. Renderings by MAQE and Studio Gang.

 © 2023 by Wendy Yifei Wang.