Simmons Hall, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 229 Vassar Street, Cambridge, MA
Steven Holl with Perry Dean Rogers Partners, 2005
I was inspired to highlight 31 buildings in Boston in 31 days after the architecture blog A Daily Dose of Architecture . Not only was I going to highlight 31 buildings, but 31 of Bostonian’s favorite buildings. This is the series.
About Simmons Hall:
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology is one of those institutions in the state that boasts of a campus rich in innovative architectural experiements, and Simmons Hall is truly one of those. This is not only a dormitory for students, but a work of sculpture for the rest of us to ponder its beauty. The play of light as the day ages on the surfaces of Simmons Hall is a feast for the senses. I’ve walked by it at different times of the day and the colors never cease to amaze me. Can you sense how much I like this building? You can take a self-guided Modern architecture tour of the MIT campus and stop by Simmons Halls on your way to Baker House. (There are books on the architecture of Cambridge with a tour for the MIT campus, or stop by the List Visual Art Center and pick up one of their brochures on the great public art collection on the campus).