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The Kresge Auditorium is an auditorium building designed by Eero Saarinen for Massachusetts Institute of Technology(MIT). It built in 1950 and located at 48 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, Massachusetts. Used by MIT students and faculty to gather for formal events.

Using thin-shell structure, it has a sphere rising until a height of 50 feet, and it sliced away by sheer glass walls. It contains a concert hall for 1226 people, a small theater for 204 people, two rehearsal rooms, dressing rooms, offices, bathrooms, and lounges.

“This festival hall on the banks of the Charles River contains a little theater, a concert hall, and rehearsal rooms. It is noted for its graceful white dome: one-eighth of a sphere anchored on hidden abutments at three points. On the three faces between, glass walls arch upward to meet its thin concrete shell.” — from Sylvia Hart Wright. Sourcebook of Contemporary North American Architecture: From Postwar to Postmodern.

Tags: Architecture, Cambridge Massachusetts, dome, Eero Saarinen, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, modern, United States,