No. 124 . 20 November 2002 
ArchitectureWeek
ArchWeek Image ArchWeek Image

Housing by Holl

by James McCown

A new dormitory at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology seems tailor-made for the school's super-geek culture. The building by Steven Holl has been compared variously to a giant Rubik's Cube and a 1950s computer punch card.

Set on a long narrow site on the western edge of MIT's campus in Cambridge, Simmons Hall opened in August 2002 and houses some 350 MIT undergraduates. As Holl's first commission in greater Boston, it represents a return to architectural daring for a city that seems to have spent the last two decades in a red-brick, historicist stupor.

And it's not the first time that MIT has been the locus of Boston's daring. The campus is home to iconic works by Eero Saarinen and boasts one of only two buildings in the United States by Alvar Aalto.

MIT's Building Program

The New York-based Holl recalls: "[MIT president] Chuck Vest told me, 'we want architecture again.' He referred to Saarinen's Kresge Hall and Aalto's Baker House as exemplary works. Chuck should be given credit. There are so few good architectural patrons out there."   >>>

 

Continue...


 
DEPARTMENTS 
       NEWS
       DESIGN
       BUILDING
       DESIGN TOOLS
       ENVIRONMENT
       BUILDING CULTURE

 
IN THIS ISSUE
  Contents
 
  •  
  • Georgia AIA Awards
     
  •  
  • Housing by Holl
     
  •  
  • Rendering la Sechman
     
  •  
  • Urbane Waterfront

     
    AND MORE
      Current Contents
      Blog Center
      Download Center
      New Products
      Products Guide
      Classic Home
      Architecture Forum
      Architects Directory
      Topics Library
      Complete Archive
      Web Directory
      About ArchWeek
      Search
      Subscribe & Contribute
      Free Newsletters
       

     
    QUIZ
     
    NEXT WEEK
    Send this to a friend       Subscribe       Contribute       Advertise       Privacy       Comments Next Page >
    GREAT BUILDINGS   |   DISCUSSION   |   SCRAPBOOK   |   COMMUNITY   |   BOOKS   |   FREE 3D   |   SEARCH
    http://www.ArchitectureWeek.com/2002/1120/index.html
    © 2002 Artifice, Inc. - All Rights Reserved