No. 296 . 26 July 2006 
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Correa in Cambridge

by Michael J. Crosbie

Celebrated Indian architect Charles Correa has completed his first major project in the United States on the campus of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, working in collaboration with the Boston firm of Goody Clancy.

The building reflects Correa's modern formalism and his interest in playing solids against voids, not only on the outside, but also in an interior courtyard. Correa's work is noted for its planar quality, which is very strong in the new MIT building. At nearly a half-million square feet (465,000 square meters), the new Brain and Cognitive Science Complex (BCS) also happens to be, according to MIT, the largest brain research center in the world.

The building is just across the street from the Stata Center by Frank Gehry, and it couldn't be on a more troublesome site (though Gehry is not to blame). It occupies a triangular island bounded by Main, Albany, and Vassar streets, and it marks a northeast gateway of sorts to MIT's campus in Cambridge — an intensely urban place.   >>>

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