This competition is to solicit conceptual design ideas for the lower lobby level of MIT's first Media Lab Building (Wiesner Building) - the older part designed by I.M.Pei (see birds-eye view). The lobby space is often used for special events, exhibitions, conferences, and other academic events. It is right next to the Barthos Theater conference room. Often times, after presentations at Barthos, there are receptions or related exhibitions within this lobby space. The problem is that the lobby is one level below the main entrance level from the Media Lab squad (see birds-eye view), and is somewhat disconnected and often times pretty dark.
The lobby space is used for receptions and conferences where people after a presentation may mingle, exchange business cards, and further discuss the topics from the presentation at the Barthos Theater(see View 1). At events, these researchers may exhibit their innovation or product in this space. We are looking for conceptual approaches that can facilitate such a use in the best way possible.
At the Media Lab researchers are working on "innovative research ranging from cognition and learning, to electronic music, to holography; to research in wearable computing, wireless “viral” communications, machines with common sense, new forms of artistic expression, and innovative approaches to how children learn." Media Lab residents are "future-obsessed product designers, nanotechnologists, data-visualization experts, industry researchers, and pioneers of computer interfaces work side by side to tirelessly invent—and reinvent—how humans experience, and can be aided by, technology." (Source: Media Lab Webpage)
Designers can consider to connect this lobby space with the upper levels (physically and/or virtually), perhaps as far as to the outside squad or the street level - the lobby is in close proximity both to a very dramatic framed view to Frank Gehry's Stata Center from the street level (see View 2), and at the other end, it is one storey below the Media Lab squad (see birds-eye view).
We are also seeking for design ideas that reflect the “spirit” of the Media Lab, please visit www.media.mit.edu to learn more about the mission/vision and history. The Media Lab is a place for cutting-edge innovation, design and the arts. Hence design solutions that can make use of emergent technologies, innovative materials, convergent spaces would be welcomed.
All design approaches will be exhibited and shown at an exclusive presentation at the Media Lab and distinguished guests will vote for and evaluate all design entries. We will be looking more specifically for the following evalutation criteria:
2- Solution to Problem
3- Consideration of the nature of Media Lab
4- Graphic Quality
- Concept superimposed on View 3.
- Any type of deliverable explaining your idea the best, e.g. plan/section/elevation, or audio/video, or QTVR, or VRML, etc.
This project is sponsored by arcbazar.com to be presented at a public event at the Media Lab in April, 2012. Your project will be showcased and fully credited. Please let us know if you want to participate, but do not want your project to be showcased. This contest is a conceptual design exercise and is not meant for implementation.
Please click on "Images" tab for the views mentioned in the project brief.
Please click on "+" tab for a 360 degree panorama view, and detailed plan drawing.
Please visit the following Youtube links to watch some video on the space:
Video 1: http://youtu.be/7O7a5HxZd2g
Video 2: http://youtu.be/xBNWvQ62SwI
Video 3: http://youtu.be/kk3r23Aq03g
Video 4: http://youtu.be/lwRQCAHNal0