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Simmons Hall

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Steven Holl
location Massachusetts, Cambridge
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Dubbed the "Space Waffle" by some of its residents, the striking grid system that Steven Holl employs for the design derives from his concept of "porosity," and while it appears massive in scale, the depth of the windows does give it a sense of permeability. The 18 inch deep windows blocks the summer sun, but also allows Holl to play with color, with each panel in the recess colored different. The exterior, while very regimented in its design, actually serves as a framework for an organic interior. Long amoeba-shaped internal cavities slice through gridded structure bringing light into the central core. The also serve as the "lungs" of the building, drawing warmer air upwards in order to cool the building down.

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Simmons Hall
Vassar Street 229
United States
Project is public!
Opening hours The exterior is easily accessible to the public. The interior is not open to the public, but you might get lucky and a student will let you in.
How to get there? From downtown Boston, take Main street across the Longfellow Bridge. Turn left at Vasser Street, passing Frank Gehry's Stata Center, and continue on about a quarter of a mile. It will be on the right side of the street across from the playing fields.
Completion 2002
Floor area/size 18100 m2
ArchitectSteven Holl
Client Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Project ID 1907
Latitude/Longitude 42°21'26N 71°06'05W
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