As a continuation of past LWA’s interventions at the Harvard Science Center, this effort will focus on the design and construction of approximately 20,000 sf of new teaching laboratory, office, and classroom space on the first and second floors as well as improvements to adjacent corridors and common areas.
A key challenge is resolving the tension between making science more visible in the critical undergraduate science building and adapting Josep Lluis Sert’s original concepts for this “crossroads” building. The design will introduce glazing to open up and visually connect the teaching spaces and central staircase to the rest of the spaces. Strategically inserted seating spaces with accent furniture will welcome students and staff to meet and collaborate. Corridors on the second floor will be enhanced with new projecting balconies with tables for gathering and impromptu interactions.
This project is a close collaboration between LWA and ADP Architecture: LWA will take the lead for all work in the public and common spaces as well as classrooms and offices while ADP Architecture will lead the design and documentation for the laboratory portions of the project.