MIT Simmons Hall

Quite simply, there is nothing else in the world like this building. The innovative residence facility is open to the students, faculty, and artists-in-residence who live, work, eat, and study within its welcoming spaces. Designed by internationally acclaimed architect Steven Holl, this facility not only broke new ground using DOC’s innovative construction methods and technology, but it required a fast-track schedule to guarantee completion for it’s fall 2002 occupancy.

The building includes myriad one-of-a-kind systems and details, including the amazing grid exterior that holds 6,000 windows. Five irregular vertical openings pass through the building to provide natural light from above and act like lungs to provide fresh air throughout the building. This project has received a Build Massachusetts award, the AIA Honor Award, and was the June 2003 cover story of Architectural Record.