Christian Science Center Plaza

Your Guide
Bill Madden, ASLA
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This 14-acre plaza is flanked by notable works of architecture and public art installations, and includes the Christian Science Center's unique Mapparium. The centerpiece of the space is a 700-foot-long reflecting pool. The rounded edges and perimeter pathways give visitors the sensation of walking on water.

A complementary planting palette was designed to have a rotating seasonal display of color. The landscape also serves as a colorful backdrop for various works of public art.

All of these elements exist on the edge of the city's skyline and serve to frame the iconic buildings of Boston. The Christian Science Center plaza is a wonderful place to start or end a night out on the town.

The master plan for the site was created by Arnaldo Cossutta of I.M. Pei Associates, while the landscape architecture was designed by Sasaki Associates. A plan for revitalizing the plaza was recently developed by Reed Hilderbrand.

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