The expansion of MIT’s Rotch Library, with collections in architecture and planning, had an unusual programmatic condition: the site proposed for the building had to continue to function as a truck loading area. In order to provide 14 feet of vehicular clearance below, and to fit six floors of book-stacks within a height limit defined by the base of MIT’s entry dome on Massachusetts Avenue, the new floors were hung from the steel roof structure above.
1993 National Library Award, AIA and ALA
1993 Harleston Parker Medal of the City of Boston and Boston Society of Architects
Program: Full-service branch of MIT library, including open stacks, reading rooms, staff offices, conference room, art gallery.