ADD Inc Completes the New Academic Offices for MIT Skoltech Initiative in Cambridge, MA

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ADD Inc's Design of MIT Skoltech Initiative's New Office Space Integrates Diverse Cultures and Departments Into One Space

ADD Inc, a premier architecture and design firm, recently finalized its design services for MIT’s Skoltech Initiative’s new academic offices located at One Broadway in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Selected by MIT Department of Facilities, ADD Inc’s design of MIT Skoltech Initiative’s office space brings together two international programs into one shared floor in order to improve efficiencies, synergies and collaboration among its international staff, faculty and students.

The new 18,500 square foot office consists of private offices, shared team offices, open work areas and student workspace with breakout and meeting space where employees can congregate as a team. Efficient lounge-to-lab-to conference environments and multifunctional furniture used throughout enables expansion or reduction as each group’s needs evolve.

ADD Inc mixed vibrant colors with traditional textures and patterns found in architecture and textile design to represent the commonality between the different cultures within the groups without being culturally specific. Accent lighting, iconographic objects from different regions and abstract city maps help identify each group’s culture while maintaining an equal level of transparency with no hierarchy.

“This project challenged ADD Inc to implement design strategies that promote collaboration between groups and represent a common international language without using cultural stereotypes,” stated Lisa Killaby, IIDA, LEED AP, Principal, ADD Inc.

MIT Skoltech’s open-floor layout assures sunlight throughout the space. Glass-walled offices and low-walled workstations convey transparency. The use of gradated film on glass-walled offices and conference rooms transition a room from opaque to transparent space and blurs the lines between private and common, personal and shared spaces. Writeable glass surfaces double as idea space for individual thought and team sessions.

Flooring was used to provide visual cues for quiet and active areas throughout the office, and different patterns of carpet tile were used to evoke area rugs within common spaces and team environments. In addition, ceiling canopies were designed to create connections between the different groups and emphasize the shared space.

The café and lounge spaces are strategically located to maximize access and encourage interaction. The layout provides functional, flexible options for small and larger group meetings. Integrated audio-visual equipment facilitates video conferencing promotes interaction with remote colleagues.

About ADD Inc
ADD Inc, a premier architecture and design firm, creates award-winning projects across the country from its offices in Boston, MA and Miami, FL. With an innovative spirit and deep expertise, the firm’s design teams develop a guiding vision for each project to enhance value and enrich communities. By merging that vision with collaboration and business savvy, ADD Inc delivers consistently notable results in workplace, mixed use, academic, retail, branding and residential design.

ADD Inc creates environments with an eye to the future and leads a range of initiatives that rethink workplace real estate, develop innovative housing solutions, transform lifestyle hospitality, and create inspiring environments to live and learn. Projects include workplaces for Adobe, Fidelity, and iRobot; the award-wining Tree House residence hall for the Massachusetts College of Art and Design; the Gale South Beach and Shelborne South Beach hotels; the Jade Signature tower with Herzog & de Meuron; and residential developments for Gerding Edlen, Archstone, and Related Beal. For more information, visit

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