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First look: TripAdvisor's new Boston office near North Station

Posted by Scott Kirsner  January 9, 2014 02:03 PM

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Boston's North Station neighborhood is about to get a tech anchor tenant later this month, when TripAdvisor employees move into new digs at 126 Causeway Street, a building that once housed the Sunshine Biscuit Company. The space is next door to Converse's future headquarters, and with 71,000 square feet, it could eventually house more than 350 TripAdvisor employees. About 250 people will occupy the new office when it opens later in January, representing two divisions of the online travel giant: FlipKey, which focuses on vacation rental properties, and Smarter Travel, a site focused on travel deals.

"We’re excited to bring our subsidiaries under one roof at a TripAdvisor branded office, as one family," says TripAdvisor spokesperson Julie Cassetina. FlipKey had previously been in Boston's Leather District (space that will soon be occupied by the TechStars Boston program), and Smarter Travel in Charlestown.

The new TripAdvisor office was designed by Boston-based Baker Design Group. A few renderings are below; in the picture above, the TripAdvisor building is on the right, the Boston Garden on the left. In November, TripAdvisor broke ground on a new 282,000 square foot headquarters building in Needham. It is expected to open in 2015.

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Reception area.

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Café.

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Collaboration space.

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