Architecture Classics: the Kresge Auditorium at the MIT

Architecture Classics: the Kresge Auditorium at the MIT

Last August, I visited Boston for the first time. The city has some beautiful architecture, especially at the MIT, where I spent quite some time shooting!

One of the buildings I really wanted to see was the Kresge Auditorium. Designed by Eero Saarinen and completed in 1955, the auditorium has become an architecture classic. While the materials can look a little dated nowadays, the Kresge Auditorium is still stunning. The design is remarkable for its simplicity and cleanliness. The building is a strong presence on the campus.

When photographing the building, my approach was more documentary. I could only be there during the day, but I’d love to come back at night to see the interiors glow with light.

If you look at the building from above, it’s a curved triangle. Depending on your angle, you can see one or two sides. The elevation view really shows the width and the curvature of the building.

South View

South View

I also really like the view at the angle of the triangle, which shows the copper roof quite well.

West View

West View

I then shot some tighter images, where you can see the dark glass walls and the circular red brick platform the building is on.

Detail (1)

Detail (1)

Detail (2)

Detail (2)

Detail (3)

Detail (3)

The Kresge Auditorium is a must-see in Boston for anyone interested in architecture. It’s the kind of architecture that lasts and stays relevant. The kind of architecture I enjoy photographing.

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