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The famous Finnish architectAlvar Aaltodesigned this beautiful dormitory building. He described the building design as a mix between a ski lodge and a ship. His creative design promotes communication and interaction among all residents on six floors by having open study areas and lounges, as well as a luminous dining hall overlooking the Charles River. Whats more, because of the Wshaped design of the building, each room has a unique view of the river.
The ingenious wave-shaped building maximizes the number of rooms with a sunny southern exposure, orienting them at oblique angles to soften noise from Memorial Drive. Hanging staircases serve as the vertical access, providing an increasingly dramatic view of MIT as one ascends, and the dining pavilion with its moon garden lights affords wonderful views of the Charles River. Internationally recognized as a masterpiece of modernism, Baker was renovated several years ago for its fiftieth anniversary.