Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering
Location: Needham, MA
Total GSF: 75,000 GSF
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