MIT Brain and Cognitive Sciences CenterHealth & Science
|SIZE:||400,000 sq. ft.|
|ARCHITECT:||Goody, Clancy & Associates with Charles Correa Associates|
|AWARDS:||2007 IES New England Section Illumination Award|
|PHOTOGRAPHER:||© Peter Vanderwarker, © Andy Ryan|
|DESIGN TEAM:||Robert Osten|
Housing some of the world’s foremost brain researchers, this new lab unites three venerable research institutes in a single building. Lighting supports the technical needs of intense research but also creates casual social spaces that encourage cross-discipline interaction.
The atrium’s layered, understated glow expressed the architectural intent of an indoor town center that remains in use 24/7, and emphasizes the layering of atrium walls. Departmental entries are highlighted, and tearooms, a café, and terraced seating offer respite into the evening.
The inviting, crystalline Conservatory above features a Reading Room in which interior uplights within translucent glass walls create a jewel-like focus.