MIT New House Renovation Complete

Stefura Associates teams with Goody Clancy on design


Cambridge, MA – In 1975, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology built New House. The residence hall, designed by renowned architect Josep Lluís Sert, is comprised of six houses shared by nine distinctive living groups. Culturally identified groups like Spanish House, French House, German House, and Chocolate City are among the houses that form New House. Almost 45 years later, the residence hall became the site of a large-scale renovation project that started in late 2016 and was completed this year.

A Boston-based design and construction team composed of the architecture firm Goody Clancy, interior design firm Stefura Associates, and Suffolk Construction was selected for the renovation.

Improving accessibility, relocating the shared kitchens to upper floors to free up space at the ground level for a commons corridor with open social spaces, landscaping the courtyards overlooking the Charles River were some of the key elements introduced by Goody Clancy. To accentuate the residence hall’s enviable riverfront location, new green roofs were added to the building.

Stefura Associates worked closely with Goody Clancy on the development of the interior architectural treatment, finishes, and color palettes. Stefura was also tasked with the space planning and the selection and specification of new furniture for the shared and public spaces of the residential community.

Despite a tight project schedule and challenging existing building infrastructure, the team successfully completed the project in August. Incoming and returning students will enjoy newly refurbished spaces that underscore the character of each of the individual living groups as well as support and encourage a greater sense of the shared identity of the building.