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Baker House

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Alvar Aalto
 
location Massachusetts, Cambridge
function student housing
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Baker House is a building for student residences, designed by Alvar Aalto and located at MIT University in Boston. The curving form of the building protects the residents from the busy street along Charles River by having each window at an angle to the street, whilst providing each room with excellent views of the river. Circulation is located on the fašade facing MIT allowing the building to relate to the activity of the university. The staircases are designed to allow unobstructed views along their entire length, increasing the visibility of the students moving through the building and increasing the opportunities for informal interaction. The brick building with timber window frames has a pleasant domestic feel which reminds of early 20th-century Dutch housing. The planning provides important communal areas and a variety of room types for different students, increasing the sense of community and diversity within the building.

 

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Chen says:
love the curving form
Gothenburg, Sweden 26-Feb-14
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Baker House
Address
Memorial Drive 362
United States
http://web.mit.edu/Housing/undergrad/baker.ht
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Project is not public!
How to get there? The building is in use as student residences. Contact the front desk on (617) 253-3161 for information regarding visits.
Completion 1948
ArchitectAlvar Aalto
 
Project ID 3488
Latitude/Longitude 42°21'24N 71°05'45W
Contributed by thom
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