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 […]
Jun 21, 2010 · “For Simmons Hall, the new undergraduate dormitory at the Massachesetts Institute of Technoloy, Holl infects a perforated, monolithic box with contained spaces that curve and unfold towards...
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Artist Steven Holl Acquired 2002 Steven Holl was born in Bremerton, Washington, in 1947. He graduated with a degree in architecture from the University of Washington Architecture School, studied architecture in Rome, Italy, and in London before opening his own office, Steven Holl Architects in New York in 1976.
Simmons Hall opened in 2002 as a dormitory for MIT students It has been nicknamed "The Sponge", the sponge, because the architect Steven Holl modeled it like a sea sponge. The building houses 350 rooms for students. It contains 5,538 windows and was built in prefabricated reinforced concrete supported by steel panels.
Sep 21, 2012 · Steven Holl Architects won two of those awards—one for MIT’s Simmons Hall student residence and one for the project revisited here, the Bloch Building at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, Mo. Holl’s firm had won an invited design competition for this addition with a scheme radically different from other contenders.