MIT Brain and Cognitive Sciences Center
The ground level of the Brain and Cognitive Sciences Center at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology straddles a complex urban site that includes a railway, complicated grading challenges and a major pedestrian thoroughfare. This former brownfields site was rehabilitated to serve as an essential connecting matrix for the BCS complex, which was certified LEED Silver by the US Green Building Council in 2005. The design features a series of granite ramps and green sloping planes that negotiate the complex grade changes leading up to the building. Creative use of low-maintenance shade-tolerant plantings and highly efficient LED lighting transform a dark crevice between buildings into a unique and inviting space. Bamboo in exterior granite planters reference interior plantings to complete the theme of connection.
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