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New MIT Media Lab Opens Doors

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The Media Lab at MIT is an unmatched incubator of unlikely partnerships -- where academia and industry hold hands, and where art and technology are inseparable. Designed by Prtizker Prize-winning Fumihiko Maki, the Media Lab extension officially opened its doors last Friday, welcoming artists, engineers, and design enthusiasts through its beautiful translucent walls.

The original Media Lab was designed by I. M. Pei in 1985, and planning for its extension began in May 1998.
The main atrium in the center is pierced by two glass elevators and a red staircase.
While Maki and Associates wanted floor-to-ceiling transparency, Massachusetts energy code states that no building can...
Inspired by the fundamental color scheme used by Piet Mondrian and the De Stijl movement, these primary hues also give...
The top floor of the new Media Lab feels quite ethereal.
Maki presented the building as a white canvas -- “and the Media Lab will paint paintings on that...
This gathering room on the sixth floor is lovingly referred to as the ‘acropolis,’ Its walls are clad with maple wood...
The Tangible Media Group is one of many vastly multiplying research groups housed in the Media Lab.
The public opening of the Media Lab also revealed several exhibits in the lobby, united under the theme of "Defying...
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Four double-height research blocks surround and anchor the central atrium, and are staggered throughout the volume to...
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