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State Street Bank

Urban Design

Located just south of Boston in Quincy, Massachusetts, the State Street Bank office complex sought to commission a design for the building’s courtyard and additional site work. Paul Friedberg saw the courtyard as an opportunity to create an activated garden, with a flexible program for a variety of office events.

A full acre, the courtyard was designed with 3 terrace levels each connected by a pyramidal fountain. The sloping form of the pyramid is represented throughout the courtyard, creating a distinctive sunken open space. Not long after its completion, the courtyard had become the social center of the office complex - as Paul Friedberg intended, the space was regularly activated by a variety of office events such as outdoor dinners, music performances, weddings, and more. Anticipating structural constraints, Friedberg employed a similar design vocabulary as in other designs of his - creating voids in the structural berm to allow planting. This approach created an interesting juxtaposition of man-made and natural elements, as well adding visual interest to what would otherwise have been hardscape.


Quincy, MA


State Street Bank


Commercial; Courtyard


5 Acres





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