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New NorthPoint project making a big splash

EF Education First’s new headquarters to feature a towering glass waterfall, underline firm’s progress

In architectural renderings, the building about to rise next to the Zakim Bridge is designed to look like a massive waterfall, with a jagged column of glass cascading along the middle of its facade.

The building’s novel design — inspired by the nearby Charles River — is the latest creation of EF Education First, a for-profit company that offers academic classes and programs around the world. The company wants the dramatic look of the 10-story office complex in Cambridge’s NorthPoint development to shake up the area’s architecture and call attention to the firm’s growth.

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