Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Rotch Library

Cambridge, MA

Client

Schwartz/Silver Architects, Inc.

Completion

1990

Awards

1991 Design Award, American Institute of Architects, New England Regional Council
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Rotch Library
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Rotch Library
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Rotch Library

MIT presented Schwartz/Silver Architects with the challenge of providing an addition to the Rotch Library. The only available space was a site within the principal service corridor requiring ground-level clearance of 17 ft to maintain unimpeded truck access. MIT set height restrictions that dictated the new building could not be taller than the adjacent School of Architecture building and required six levels of book stacks within the vertical dimension of the existing four-story building. SGH was the structural engineer for the 17,500 sq ft addition.