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Project timeline

1999 – 2002

Type

Education & Research

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229 Vassar St
02139 Cambridge
USA
www.simmons.mit.edu

Current state

Original

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Team

Perry Dean Rogers & Partners (local architect)

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Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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Structural engineers
Guy Nordenson and Associates (design structural engineer)
www.nordenson.com

Services engineers
Ove Arup & Partners (mechanical engineer)
www.arup.com

Project management
Daniel O'Connell's Sons (construction manager)
www.oconnells.com

Lighting
Fisher Marantz Stone
www.fmsp.com

Structural engineers
Simpson Gumpertz & Heger
www.sgh.com

Services engineers
Simpson Gumpertz & Heger (project engineer)
www.sgh.com

Services engineers
Guy Nordenson and Associates (project engineer)
www.nordenson.com

General contractor
Daniel O'Connell's Sons
www.oconnells.com

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Article last edited by Maria Thuroczy on
January 23rd, 2014

Simmons Hall Change this

Cambridge, USA
by Steven Holl Change this
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The undergraduate residence is envisioned with the concept of "porosity." It is a vertical slice of city, 10 stories tall and 382' long, providing a 125 seat theater, a night café, and street level dining. The "sponge" concept transforms the building via a series of programmatic and bio-technical functions.

The building has five large openings corresponding to main entrances, view corridors, and outdoor activity terraces. Large, dynamic openings are the lungs, bringing natural light down and moving air up. Each of the dormitory's single rooms has nine operable windows. An 18" wall depth shades out the summer sun while allowing the low angled winter sun to help heat the building. At night, light from these windows is rhythmic and magical.

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