22-24 Magazine Street

48-Bed Fire Rehab


20,000 sf


Cambridge, MA

Project type



MIT Investment Management Co.


$8 million

Completion Date

Fall 2019

Project Overview

DREAM Collaborative is working with MIT Investment Management Company (MITIMCo)  to provide design and construction administration services for the rehabilitation of 22-24 Magazine Street in Central Square, Cambridge. The 20,000 sf, 12-unit, four-story walk-up apartment building suffered significant fire damage in December 2017. The goal of the project is to bring the 22-24 Magazine Street building back online with enhanced, modernized units and improved common spaces.

The initial design challenges of this project were to explore options for reducing the bedroom count per unit to 3 bedrooms, adding washer/dryers in-unit, upgrading the HVAC system to central air, and reconfiguring the floor plans to better meet today’s demand for open living floor plans. DREAM also studied the feasibility of implementing energy-saving sustainability measures, including solar PVs, enhanced stormwater management, and improved building materials.

Key Features

  • MIT Student housing
  • Modernized apartment units
  • Improved common areas
  • Existing building renovation after fire damage


Adaptive Reuse / Restoration

Bring an existing building – whatever its condition – into working order for a new or improved usage. May involve system upgrades, interior finishes, envelope repairs, reconfiguring the layout, or all of the above.

Architect of Record

The licensed professional with juristiction and ultimate responsiblity for the execution of a project.

Full Architectural Services

Soup to nuts:  from programming to project close-out.


Interior Architecture & Design

From relocation of walls to materials, lighting, and furniture selection, interior architects and designers are on it!

Moving Forward in the Age of COVID-19

During these times of extraordinary disruption, DREAM Collaborative remains steadfast in our belief that architecture should work toward the Greater Good. In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, lines have been blurred and we’re seeing opportunities all around us to reimagine the way we live, work, and organize our society and our spaces. We are honored to play a part in the transition toward a renewed society that prioritizes well-being, equity, and innovation.

As partners, we’re bringing our curiosity and the diversity of our perspectives to conversations about how design and development will need to evolve in a post-COVID world. We’re convening panel discussions and reaching out to other minority and women-owned businesses to brainstorm solutions to the unique and compounded challenges we face. Most importantly, we’re committed to providing the highest level of service and support to our valued clients and partners in the community, who we know are also being pushed to the limits of their resources and ingenuity in order to thrive in this historic moment.