Earlier this spring, Harvard University engaged Sasaki to guide and support its internal planning team as the university continues to make exciting progress in evolving its campus in Allston, which sits across the river from its historic Cambridge campus. Harvard has a wide range of planning priorities in both Boston and Cambridge, and regularly engages with subject matter experts to assess and refine its campus planning.
Members of the Sasaki planning and urban design team check out the Behnisch Architekten-designed Science and Engineering Complex (SEC) on a recent site tour on Harvard's Allston campus.
“Harvard has worked diligently with the community, city, and state agencies to produce a purposeful yet flexible framework plan to guide growth,” says managing principal on the project, Martin Zogran. “We are excited to partner with the Harvard planning team in ensuring that campus plans, as well as those for the Enterprise Research Campus achieve ambitious goals for broad collaboration and innovative partnerships,” adds Sasaki Chair of Design, Dennis Pieprz, Hon. ASLA.
Also this spring, Harvard opened the doors of its new ArtLab, a collaborative arts space on its campus in Allston. The 9,000 SF space was designed by Barkow Leibinger, lead designer, and Sasaki, architect of record, to be flexibly programmed for a variety of student and community arts uses. The building was designed to achieve zero-net energy performance, helped by a roof mounted photovoltaic array, to generate power for the building’s use.
“The exciting notion about the ArtLab is that it is dedicated to process and experimentation, not to polished performance and consumption,” says Sasaki principal in charge on the project, Lan Ying Ip, AIA. “The ArtLab promises to be a true laboratory for artistic innovation within Harvard and in Allston. I look forward to seeing the initiatives that it seeds.”
Within the year, the completion of Harvard University’s Science and Engineering Complex and the District Energy Facility will be the next significant “toeholds” representing Harvard’s future in Allston—exciting developments for Boston and the broader research community in STEM and the arts.
Learn more about the Harvard ArtLab on ArchDaily.