This building, designed by “Pritzker Prize-winning architect Frank Gehry”, is fortunately located on Vassar Street in Cambridge, adjacent to Kendall Square. We say “fortunate” because Kendall Square is already a lifeless, soul-less pile of concrete, brick, and asphalt even without this atrocious monstrosity towering over it. If they had tried to pull this stunt in one of Cambridge’s residential neighborhoods, there would have been a riot. At least the memorial sculpture in front of the building is visually appealing.
This large sculpture on the plaza in front of the building, designed in collaboration between MIT professors Meejin Yoon and John Oschendorf, and several MIT students is a memorial to Sean Collier, the MIT campus police officer who was killed by the Boston Marathon bombers.
This building used to be four stories. Google searches have failed to offer any information as to why they would have demolished the top three floors while leaving the ground floor intact, rather than simply building new construction from scratch. Currently in use as a storage facility by an auto parts dealer, AFAIK.
Each of the covered window panels has a different mural painted on it. As you can see, there does not seem to be any recurring theme among the murals.
Artist credits panel; Mayor’s Mural Crew, directed by Gregg Bernstein: