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Simmons Hall

Cambridge, USA
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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.

Fisher Marantz Stone
Simpson Gumpertz & Heger (project engineer)
Guy Nordenson and Associates (design structural engineer)
Daniel O'Connell's Sons
Daniel O'Connell's Sons (construction manager)
Simpson Gumpertz & Heger
Guy Nordenson and Associates (project engineer)
Ove Arup & Partners (mechanical engineer)