Photo: Andy Ryan, via MIT website
MIT’s Brain and Cognitive Science Center was built between 2000 and 2005, and was designed by architect Charles Correa. Built with an outer skin of glass and beige stone, it portrays a modern and sensible style that is appropriate for its urban setting and its function as a research facility. The interior contains classrooms, offices and conference rooms, labs, and a five-story atrium. But that’s not all; this building is also environmentally responsible. According to MIT’s website, this facility includes many sustainable design features, such as gray-water recycling for toilets, improved heat management technology and materials to minimize energy usage, efficient lighting design, and low VOC paints and other construction materials. It is a hub of activity and advanced research on the MIT campus. Although I’ve never had the opportunity to visit this facility, I would definitely enjoy spending time there as a student or researcher.