CambridgeSeven Principal Timothy Mansfield on Design, Innovation and Integration of Technology at WBUR CitySpace


BOSTON—Newly-completed WBUR CitySpace takes design to new frontiers of multimedia space that many office towers and buildings may soon be forced to adopt.

WBUR CitySpace, which opened in February, is Boston’s new home for public conversation. It’s a place to engage in civic dialogue, to wrestle big ideas, to be inspired, to be entertained and to be educated on topics that impact Boston and its residents.

Boston Real Estate Times sat down with Timothy Mansfield, a Principal at CambridgeSeven and the lead architect of the project, for a video interview on this unique design project. To watch the 16-minute video interview, please click here or on the image below.

The new destination serves as a critical part of WBUR’s plan to transform from a ‘radio-centric’ resource into a multiplatform, multimedia organization serving the public not only on air, but also online, on demand and on stage.

CambridgeSeven designed the 8,500 square-foot, street-level building including a dynamic interior, expansive glass facade, as well as an exterior sound garden in which passerby’s can have a ticket-less experience. There is a 240 seat performing space which can also be formatted for a seated dinner for 150 guests.

There are many unique design elements to this project including Ombrae acoustical paneling used internally (mostly used for exterior purposes) for the first time on the East Coast, in addition to special flooring used to cut out the vibrations from the T which on street level parallel to the building. From a bird’s eye view, the building was designed to look like a microphone paying homage to the building owned by Boston University.