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Featured Project: Watermark Kendall West

on July 27, 2020 at 7:01 pm under , , , ,

Watermark Kendall West
Cambridge, MA, USA
1,800 sf and 15,000 sf of Greenroofs & Living Wall Trellises

Greenroofs.com Featured Project July 27, 2020

The Watermark Kendall luxury apartments consist of two residential towers, East and West, attached by a lobby on the first floor and a courtyard greenroof on the second floor.

Because of its two beautiful living roofs which offer distinctive amenities, today we’re featuring the recently renovated Watermark Kendall West.

Watermark Kendall West

21st Floor Rooftop Patio. Image: Recover Green Roofs

Second Floor Terrace Courtyard Greenroof at Watermark Kendall West. Image: IBI Placemaking

Excerpt from Greenroofs.com Project Profiles: Watermark Kendall West 21st Floor Rooftop Patio and Watermark Kendall West Second Floor Terrace

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 Second Floor Terrace is a 15,000 sf 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.

The 21-story view shows modern geometric pattern of the new 2nd story rooftop terrace and outdoor kitchen with custom concrete countertops and steel pergola. Japanese Maples add color to the roof along with carefully selected pollinator-friendly plant material. Image: Recover Green Roofs

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. With new growing media by Naturcycle, 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. 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.

Watermark Kendall West Second Floor Terrace

Second Floor Terrace. Image: Recover Green Roofs

Sedum mats surround hardscaping pathways, and four large Japanese Maple trees have room to grow in large custom planters.

The 21st floor rooftop terrace, also known as the ‘Sky Deck,’ offers breathtaking panoramic views. The 1,800 sf 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.

Watermark Kendall West

Doggie Pool Party on the 21st Floor Patio “Sky Deck” at Watermark Kendall West. Image: Gables Residential Facebook

Watermark Kendall West

Watermark Kendall West 21st Floor Rooftop Patio. Image: Recover Green Roofs

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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.

Watermark Kendall West 21st Floor Rooftop Patio

21st Floor Rooftop Patio. Image: Recover Green Roofs

Year: 2014 (Watermark Kendall West 21st Floor Rooftop Patio) and 2018 (Watermark Kendall West Second Floor Terrace)
Owner: Principal
Location: Cambridge, MA, USA
Building Type: Multi-Use
Type: Intensive Greenroof
System: Custom
Size: 1,800 sq.ft. and 15,000 sq.ft.
Slope: 0
Access: Accessible, Private

Watermark Kendall West

Second Floor Rooftop Patio. Image: Recover Green Roofs

Watermark Kendall West

21st Floor Rooftop Patio. Image: Recover Green Roofs

Watermark Kendall West 21st Floor Rooftop Patio Credits:

ARCHITECT:
CBT ARCHITECTS

GREEN ROOF DESIGN:
RECOVER GREEN ROOFS, LLC

GREEN ROOF DESIGN:
CBT ARCHITECTS

CONSTRUCTION MANAGER:
NAUSET CONSTRUCTION

GREEN ROOF INSTALLATION:
RECOVER GREEN ROOFS, LLC

GREENROOF COMPONENTS:
ZINCO

WATERPROOFING INSTALLATION:
WELLESLEY ROOFING

PLANT SUPPLIER:
CAVICCHIO GREENHOUSES

HARDSCAPING MATERIALS:
BISON INNOVATIVE PRODUCTS

HARDSCAPE INSTALLATION:
WELLESLEY ROOFING

PROPERTY MANAGER:
GABLES RESIDENTIAL

Watermark Kendall West

Second Floor Terrace. Image: IBI Placemaking

Watermark Kendall West Second Floor Terrace Credits:

LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT:
IBI PLACEMAKING

GREEN ROOF INSTALLATION:
RECOVER GREEN ROOFS, LLC

ARCHITECT:
CBT ARCHITECTS

GENERAL CONTRACTOR:
NAUSET CONSTRUCTION

WATERPROOFING:
FIRESTONE BUILDING PRODUCTS

ROOFING CONTRACTOR:
BOSTON ROOFING

SELECTIVE DEMOLITION, HARDSCAPING INSTALLATION, DECKING & CARPENTRY, AND KITCHEN & AMENITIES:
RECOVER GREEN ROOFS, LLC

GROWING MEDIA SUPPLIER:
NATURCYCLE, LLC

STEEL FABRICATION:
GOSHANGE

PLANTERS:
PLANTERWORX

HARDSCAPING MATERIALS:
BISON INNOVATIVE PRODUCTS

PROPERTY MANAGER:
GABLES RESIDENTIAL

Watermark Kendall West

21st Floor Rooftop Patio. Image: Recover Green Roofs

See the Project Profiles

To view ALL of the Photos and Additional Information about these particular projects, see both of the Watermark Kendall West project profiles in the Greenroofs.com Projects Database: Watermark Kendall West 21st Floor Rooftop Patio and Watermark Kendall West Second Floor Terrace

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Watermark Kendall West Second Floor Terrace. Image: Recover Green Roofs

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