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Cambridge, MA

Completion Date



5,200 SF

Glass House

Glass House Restaurant and Bar is a hospitality concept in Cambridge’s Kendall Square, owned and operated by The Briar Group. Integrating our architecture, interior design, and branding disciplines, H+A worked with joint clients BioMed Realty and The Briar Group to create Glass House. Inspired by the neighborhood’s innovation and glass-making history, Glass House was conceived as a “modern day meeting house” for the community. The design team created both the restaurant’s design and its branding concept as a nod to Kendall Square’s visionary identity. Located in a modern glass mid-rise building at 450 Kendall Street, the eatery serves New American cuisine, operating as an everyday food and drink establishment serving the public. An important element of the design is a ‘room within a room’ — the “glass house” — which acts as both a dining room and a dedicated space for meetings, events, and social activities. The interiors consists of a minimal color palette, accented by nostalgic shades of green with copper details featured in lighting, bar taps, door handles, and fixtures; custom-created graphics have a similarly retro, playful spirit. The space seats 220 diners comfortably, including 130 seats inside, and 90 seats on the outdoor patio.