The CambridgeSide Galleria was one of the first urban, enclosed shopping centers in the United States and remains one of the most successful. It has been hailed by design critics for its innovative features. Part of a pioneering mixed-use waterfront development master planned by Arrowstreet, the 3-story, 782,000-square-foot shopping center opens to public parks at either end. A dramatic, gabled skylight runs the length of the building. The food court was strategically located on the ground level to capture dramatic views of the historic Lechmere Canal. Arrowstreet also designed the hotel, office, and residential components of the CambridgeSide development.

Project Details


Cambridge, MA


New England Development

square Footage

782,000 SF






Urban Land Institute

Awards for Excellence, Finalist, 1992


I found the Arrowstreet team to be unfailingly thoughtful and creative in creating an exemplary landmark structure.

-J. Roger Boothe, AIA, Director of Urban Design, Community Development Department, City of Cambridge, MA

Photos by Peter Vanderwarker