Milas Hall

Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering


LocationNeedham, MA

Total GSF75,000 GSF

Completed: 2002


Milas Hall is the heart of the College. Its complex program, including admissions, administration, faculty and staff of­fices, meeting rooms, library, IT center, and 300-seat auditorium, brings students, faculty, administrators, and visitors together in a lively mix. A public presentation and display space forms the core of the building and overlooks the adja­cent Olin Oval. Multiple entries and a stepped section link various pathways, allowing the building to serve physically as well as symbolically as a campus crossroads. 

The combination of small and large program spaces calls for a range of lighting strategies. Calibrated overhangs and exterior fins control daylight and views for west-facing faculty offices while unscreened windows allows north-facing administrative offices to take full advantage of diffuse natural light. A large expanse of north-facing glazing combines with an overhead light monitor to light the building’s central function space. A large, sculptural shell diffuses light and provides visual interest to the space below.


Photography © Michael Moran