The Media Lab has expanded into a new, six-floor structure with approximately 163,000 square feet of laboratory, office, and meeting space designed by the Tokyo-based architectural firm of Maki and Associates. Together with the existing Wiesner Building (designed by MIT alumnus I. M. Pei), the complex will serve as a showplace for new concepts in design, communications systems, and collaborative research. The goal is to ignite a new energy and connectivity within the two-building complex, and then extend this energy beyond our walls—to our sponsors and to the world at large.

The complex also houses the List Visual Arts Center, the School of Architecture + Planning's Program in Art, Culture and Technology, and MIT's Program in Comparative Media Studies. A key component of the building is the Okawa Center for Future Children, focused on children, learning, and developing nations, established through a $27-million donation from Isao Okawa, the late chairman of CSK Corp. and SEGA Enterprises, Ltd.

Images by Andy Ryan

Staircase detail Multi-level view of atrium Upper atrium, external view of research laboratory External view of sixth floor auditorium at building's southeast corner
Sixth floor, auditorium View from sixth floor auditorium Southern facade of building, Amherst Street Southeast entrance
Southwest corner Lobby, elevator shaft Lobby, red staircase Southeast lobby
Upper atrium Winter Garden/Sixth floor event area Fifth floor, reading lounge Sixth floor, event space
Fifth floor, cafe Fifth floor, cafe Tangible Media group lab area Tangible Media group lab area


Image: Maki and Associates