Known as “the best in the world of science and technology,” the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has a strangely shaped building that looks shaky. This building is incompatible with the high-end rigorous MIT academic atmosphere, which makes people feel incredible. People can’t help but have a strong curiosity about this: Why is there such a building at MIT?
This building is the MIT Center of MIT, and the story begins with the predecessor of Statt, Building 20, a legendary building that was once called the uterus of MIT. In 1942, in order to meet the war needs of nuclear energy, MIT needed to build a new building, and it would be demolished within 6 months after the war. In this case, the design is a bit sloppy and careless. The designer completed the design in only one afternoon, and the building materials were also taken from the spot. Building 20 was built from plywood, hollow brick, and asbestos grass.
Because it is a temporary building, the exterior of Building 20 looks simple and strange, but the interior is intricate, without signs and firewalls, like a chaotic labyrinth-people can change it by their temperament. For example, the wall between the two rooms can be opened, or the floor between the upper and lower floors can be removed, and the corridor or attic can be stacked with equipment at will.
Due to the poor office conditions, Building 20 is as chaotic as the market: nuclear technology and flight control departments live next to each other; researchers who study missiles and plastics often drink coffee together; acoustics and electronics are no longer far away, right And here; there is also a lighting design shop, of course this is a shop opened by the construction department; the members of the Railway Model Technology Club are mainly student hackers; and the reserve officer training camp is also camped here. For a time, there was a lot of wind and water, and it was very lively.
After World War II, the Nuclear Energy Laboratory was withdrawn from Building 20. It stands to reason that Building 20 has completed its historical mission, and it’s time to sleep, but with the implementation of the “Military Placement Act”, a large number of students continue to flood into the school, but the school space is not enough, so Building 20 has to provide overdue services for students .
In this case, the students can “do whatever they want” in Building 20, and even make drastic renovations. The motto of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology-Mind and Hand (both learn to use the brain and learn to use the hand) has the best interpretation here. They have transformed the already chaotic internal structure to be unrecognizable, plus messy house numbers, such as The rooms on the second floor start from 1, and the rooms on the third floor start from 2, which often makes the newcomers dizzy. And the serial number of the first floor is even more unknown. Therefore, A is not B, nor C and D, but jumps directly to E, and D and C are behind E. This sort of ranking is not only confusing to outsiders, but even the staff inside is often disturbed by it, and sometimes even detours are necessary.
But it was such a dilapidated building that made MIT legends one after another. The world’s first commercial electronic clock, particle accelerator, “Star Flight” simulation game, the origin of the speaker, and the scientific heavyweight paper “Frog’s Eye Reveals the Secret of the Brain” were completed in Building 20.
From the outside, the building 20 is in a dilapidated state, and the windows may fall at any time. There is no other equipment outside the building except the water pipes. Development research. If the burst of inspiration comes from the details of life, Building 20 just provides them with enough convenience. People with different backgrounds, interests, and specialties come together, and the unreasonable spatial layout promotes the possibility of communication at any time. While sharing interests, knowledge, and information, everyone inadvertently sparked the sparks of wisdom and produced different inspirations, thereby inspiring all kinds of creativity and completing one great innovation after another.
If someone selects “World’s Wonderful Architecture + Scientific Achievement”, then the MIT Statt Center will be at the top of the list without suspense.