Five Can't-Miss Modern Buildings

The Institute of Contemporary Art by Diller Scofidio + Renfro has movable gallery walls, a massively cantilevered museum space, and a grandstand of bleachers overlooking the bay.

The MIT Simmons Hall Dormitory
by Steven Holl Architects holds 350 students and faculty members, and features 6,000 windows. Technically that’s 17 windows per person, which maximizes natural light and ventilation.

The Community Rowing Boathouse by Anmahian Winton revived a long-neglected stretch on the Charles; its wavelike shingles complement the riverfront setting.

The Apple Store by Bohlin Cywinski Jackson embraces all things minimalist and transparent. Bonus: A green roof with succulents reduces storm-water runoff.

The Big Dig House by Single Speed Design, made of steel and concrete from the Big Dig, is the ultimate in sustainable construction.