Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Baker House Dormitory (Cambridge, MA) : Interior, lounge wing atrium stairwell at lower level

Creator:
Aalto, Alvar, 1898-1976
Published/Created:
362 Memorial Drive, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States
1947-1949
Date Depicted:
8/24/2008
Materials:
brick; concrete; limestone
Notes:
In 1946 Aalto resumed his teaching at MIT but confined his stays there to three or four months in a year. His most important contribution there was the building of Baker House Dormitory (1947-1949). This building of red tiles, with its huge serpentine façade facing the river and steps rising in cascade form on the inner frontage, is the realization of Aalto's dream of flexible standardization, based on nature's principle of individualization: all 260 of the students' rooms with a view over the Charles River have different shapes (some wedge-shaped) and therefore varied interior fixtures and (built-in) furniture (also designed by Aalto). (The dormitory houses 318 undergraduates in single, double, triple and quadruple rooms.) It has been renovated, most recently by Perry Dean Rogers Architects, modernizing the plumbing, telecommunications, and electrical systems and removing some of the interior changes made over the years that were not in Aalto's original design. The building is now wheelchair accessible.
Variant Titles:
Baker House
Topics:
Architecture -- United States -- 20th century -- (YVRC)
Period/Style:
Modernist
Twentieth century
Culture:
American
Accession Number:
1A1-AA-BH-E21
Genre:
architecture (AAT)
dormitories (buildings) (AAT)
Format:
Image
Content Type:
Sculptures, Models, & Architecture
Rights:
Copyright Scott Gilchrist, Archivision, Inc
The use of this image may be subject to the copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) or to site license or other rights management terms and conditions. The person using the image is liable for any infringement.
Access Restrictions:
Yale Community Only
Digital:
architectural exteriors; Housing; furniture design; buildings; dwellings; dormitories (buildings)
Source Creator:
Gilchrist, Scott
Source Title:
Archivision Addition Module Eight
Source Created:
2878 Chamonix, Montreal QC
Archivision, Inc.
8/24/2008 12:00:00 AM
Source Note:
Purchase, Visual Resources Collection, May, 2013; photographer Scott Gilchrist
Yale Collection:
Visual Resources Collection
Digital Collection:
Visual Resources Collection
Local Record Number:
4654
OID:
10889376
PID:
digcoll:1792347