MIT Koch Childcare Center
Cambridge, MA | 2013
Tucked around the base of a new modular building housing the David H. Koch Childcare Center, KMDG created a playful and whimsical series of spaces that support the mission of engaging and caring for young children. The spaces reflect a blend of the natural and built conditions while providing a sense of safety, scale and enclosure for the children and their caregivers.
Located on well-traveled Vassar Street, the play spaces offer intrigue, texture, color and challenge at all times of year in spaces that strike a balance between being programmed and open and loose to allow children to explore their world on their own. Highlights include child-scaled landforms for climbing up and over, a bamboo ‘forest’, a garden maze, decks for unprogrammed imaginary play, and textural and multi-seasonal plantings.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
D.W. Arthur Associates, architect
Nitsch Engineering, civil engineer
KMDG, landscape architect
Christian Phillips Photography
D.W. Arthur Associates Architecture, Inc.