Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 70 Pacific Street Graduate Dormitory

Cambridge, Massachusetts

  • FIRM

    Steffian Bradley Architects


    Massachusetts Institute of Technology

  • AREA

    420,615 sq.ft.





This new mixed-use building provides much-needed housing for 750 graduate students on the MIT campus. The nine-story, 346,000-square-foot residence hall contains common living rooms and study areas, a main lobby and an underground parking structure.

The design objective was to create a residence hall that promotes community. The building’s wings are ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$145.00FEATURED IN2003 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYResidence Halls/Lounges by glass links to foster interaction with the outside community and frame view corridors to the Boston and Cambridge skylines, while defining communal spaces. Student lounges, common kitchen lounges and study areas are situated within these links.

In the residence-hall wings, 15-foot-long corridors were transformed into two-story communicating spaces by creating a 9-foot-wide floor opening between adjacent floors. A glass-block floor was installed in these openings, creating a visual connection between floors that encourages interaction. A skylight above all of the communicating areas combines with the glass block to bring natural light inside the building and create active social areas.

The project was completed on a very abbreviated timetable, from design to occupancy in 18 months.