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Organized Chaos

Ray and Maria Stata Center - Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, USA

On our second visit to Boston we started with a walk through the extensive grounds of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge.
The MIT is one of the most prestigious technical universities in the world. Many of the buildings on the university grounds were designed by world-renowned architects.
One of the most striking buildings is the Ray and Maria Stata Center, in short Stata Center or building 32, opened on March 16, 2005. A design by none other than Frank Gehry

A building that you adore or hate.
I belong to the first category.

The building houses the laboratory for computer science and artificial intelligence, the laboratory for information and decision systems, as well as the department for language and philosophy.
The university wanted a design that would show what was done inside in an appealing way.
A very inspiring assignment for the architect who decided to use innovative building concepts and to give the enormous creative talent all the space they need.
The result was a complex of buildings consisting of different volumes (cubes, cones and towers) made of different materials (steel, aluminium and brick) and colours (silver, yellow, brown tones) that would fit seamlessly together. There are broken lines, intentionally asymmetrical shapes, as well as angular and geometric shapes that seem to defy gravity.

Many comments have been made about the organized chaos that the building exudes.
Frank O. Gehry himself said with a nod "It looks like a lot of drunk robots".
Another comment is "We've already had an earthquake in Stata Center, so we don't have to worry anymore."
Other comments refer to Disney cartoons because of the multiple shapes and colours of the building.

■ Picture 1: ◄ Disturbed Selflection ►


■ Picture 2: ◄ Organized Chaos ►


■ Picture 3: ◄ All kinds of shapes ►


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