Simmons Hall looks like a concrete sponge. The new dorm at MIT in Cambridge MA has undefined spaces which students are encouraged to shape for their desired uses.
[MIT Press release]
Architects honor Simmons Hall
Sarah H. Wright, News Office
March 16, 2005
Simmons Hall has received the 2004 Harleston Parker Medal. Administered by the Boston Society of Architects, the Parker has been awarded since 1923 to the "most beautiful piece of architecture building, monument or structure" in the Boston area.
New York-based architect Stephen Holl designed Simmons, the striking 10-story MIT residence hall on Vassar Street that opened in September 2002. Holl's building is home to 350 undergraduates, faculty housemasters, visiting scholars and graduate assistants, and includes a computer cluster, a fitness center, music practice room, game room and street-level dining room with open-air seating.
A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on March 16, 2005