Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States
Senate by Rafael Viñoly Architects


Rafael Viñoly Architects have unveiled their design for the new Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate in Boston.

Edward M Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate

It will house classrooms, exhibition space and a representation of the Senate Chamber.

Edward M Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate

Here's some more information from Viñoly's office:

Rafael Viñoly Architects to design Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate

Rafael Viñoly Architects is proud to have been selected as the architect for the new Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate. Situated on the campus of the University of Massachusetts Boston, this historic project will stand beside the existing John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, encouraging visitors to explore both buildings. The new facility will house participatory educational programs designed to engage the public in our system of government and heighten awareness of the U.S. Senate’s role in the government. The project will break ground in Fall 2010. The design is targeting LEED Certification.

Rafael Viñoly said, “We are honored to develop this important educational project that will greatly enhance public understanding of the role of the U.S. Senate. We are proud to be working with the Institute and the University of Massachusetts to make Senator Kennedy’s exciting vision a reality.”

The facility will consist of roughly 40,000 square feet of program space, comprised mainly of classrooms, educational exhibits, and a representation of the Senate Chamber. The Institute’s ground level is made with white precast concrete with punched window openings and as with the overall site plan has been designed to work in harmony with I.M. Pei's neighboring John F. Kennedy Presidential Library. The design includes a seamless cladding which houses the Chamber and is 2 stories in height. The cladding is visually separated from the 1-story volume by a ribbon skylight which will expand at the lobby, greeting visitors with a naturally illuminated reception area.

The completed development will boast a large expanse of outdoor public space at the heart of which is an expanse of grass bringing visitors to the entrance of the building. This lawn is bordered by two triangular volumes which define the entry to the building and geometrically connect the Institute to the JFK Library. The exterior open space is a link between the Institute, the JFK Library and the University of Massachusetts Boston campus, while also acting as a connection to the waterfront and HarborWalk. The entrance approach is designed to incorporate components from each of the 50 states and enhance connections between the building and the entire nation.

See also:


Carrasco International
Airport by Rafael Viñoly
Cleveland Museum of Art East Wing by Rafael Viñoly Museum of Modern Arab Art
by Rafael Viñoly

Posted on Thursday July 29th 2010 at 6:07 pm by . Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • concrete

    This design seems to fit in a long tradition of shopping centre architecture.

  • howard miller

    The 1980's just phoned – they said they want their bland out of town office park back.

  • edward

    Corporate architecture. I am not thrilled.

  • Phil

    Are we celebrating two April Fools Day's this year?

  • enzo


  • panchowj

    A bad Rossi revival? What's up with that 80s Boca Raton glass facade?

  • David


  • WillSmith (Oregon)

    Dear god, that is hideous. The 80s happened in the 80s. May we please never see them happen again. Dezeen must have giggled as they posted this, knowing the disgust that would rain down upon it. Viñoly, I pray for your soul that it might find refuge from gods utter contempt for your architectural abomination.

  • ignacious g reilly

    what year is this?
    Dezeen needs to improve their vetting of projects for this website.

  • nos

    You really ought to check the intern who is making your teaser images… Haven't you cropped Vinoly entirely out of the picture? That's just Pei's JFK Library, right? WTF? Is it that hard to tell the difference?

    • Oops! Thanks for pointing this out, we'll fix it first thing in the morning!

  • These renderings leave a lot to be desired…

    I really can’t tell anything about the building from them. The whole point of renderings is to get people to understand the feeling of the space.

    Never underestimate hiring a good illustrator.

  • King Geedorah

    Oof! That's really mediocre. EMK deserves better.