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MIT's Stata Center Reminiscent of 'Whoville'

by / April 30, 2013


You’re looking at the Stata Center at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology — a whimsical-looking building reminiscent of homes in Dr. Seuss’ fictional town of Whoville.

The 720,000-square-foot edifice is the creation of renowned architect Frank Gehry, and its striking appearance is meant to express the creativity that occurs inside the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. The innovative design was supposed to help with storm water retention, but MIT sued Gehry in 2007, claiming negligence. Microsoft’s Bill Gates helped fund the center, and World Wide Web Consortium Founder Tim Berners-Lee and cryptographer Ron Rivest reportedly have offices there.

Photo courtesy of MIT