The iconic Green Building’s contained simplicity, precise placement, and formal symmetry at first seem to resist alteration, especially by addition. Yet engaging these very qualities offers opportunities for intervention and interpretation, inspiring possibilities beyond the boundaries of this pivotal structure on the MIT campus.
Building 55’s program calls for a gateway that showcases earth, environmental, and climate science education, and attracts members of the MIT community and beyond. To fulfill its role as an interdisciplinary hub, its architectural strategy demonstrates resilience and sustainability, and embodies a clear and compelling identity of its own while contributing to the identity of the larger campus.
A newly planted grove of trees leads visitors to enter a ground level bound by glass walls that maintain visual connections to campus, the Charles River, and the City of Boston. Jointly programmed by the three academic departments sharing the space, it features art commissioned specifically for the addition. Above, classrooms and conference rooms give onto the first floor’s double height space and lead to a newly renovated lecture hall. Building 55 will engage the MIT community around a dynamic expression of the earth, environmental, and climate sciences.
STRUCTURAL ENGINEER / ENVELOPE CONSULTANT / MEP/FP / LIGHTING/AV
Barr & Barr