The Ray and Maria Stata Center, home to MIT’s Computer Information and Intelligence Science communities, was the first project realized as part of OLIN’s framework plan for the campus. The site design draws from local landscape character. The concept of a stylized New England glaciated landscape is articulated through drumlins, boulders, and plantings that are within the palette of the region. These features are thoughtfully executed to create spaces for teaching, studying, relaxing and socializing. The landscape complements the building, tapping into the physically gritty and rugged nature of the campus. The design of the raised garden, amphitheater and upper terraces—all extensively planted public landscapes over structure—was particularly challenging given the building’s often changing form during the design process. To meet strict city guidelines, 100% of rainfall is captured on site. Stormwater management features are integral to the landscape, both functionally and aesthetically. A detention basin is part of a central garden planted with regional wetland species. The basin system filters stormwater through physical and biological means, retaining the water to be reused for gray water purposes, including toilet flushing and irrigation.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Key Team Members
Laurie Olin, Partner