Klopfer Martin Design Group

MIT Koch Childcare Center

MIT Koch Childcare Center


Cambridge, MA

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.

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Cambridge, MA

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)


2017 Small Firms Design Award, Boston Society of Architects*

D.W. Arthur Associates, architect
Nitsch Engineering, civil engineer
KMDG, landscape architect

Christian Phillips Photography
Mike Emanouil
D.W. Arthur Associates Architecture, Inc.

*submitted by D.W. Arthur Associates Architecture

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