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Harvard Art Museums Renovation and Expansion / Renzo Piano + Payette

  • 01:00 - 18 November, 2014
Harvard Art Museums Renovation and Expansion / Renzo Piano + Payette
Harvard Art Museums Renovation and Expansion / Renzo Piano + Payette, © Nic Lehoux
© Nic Lehoux

© Nic Lehoux © Michel Denancé © Nic Lehoux © Aerial by + 34

  • Architects

  • Location

    Harvard University, 32 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA 02138, USA
  • Design Team

    M.Carroll and E.Trezzani (partners in charge) with J.Lee, E.Baglietto (partner), S.Ishida (partner), R.Aeck, F.Becchi, A.Stern, B.Cook, M.Orlandi, J.Pejkovic and J.Cook, M.Fleming, J.M.Palacios, S. Joubert; M. Ottonello (CAD operator); F.Cappellini, F.Terranova, I.Corsaro (models)
  • Area

    204000.0 ft2
  • Project Year

  • Photographs

  • Structure

    Robert Silman Associates
  • MEP engineering, lighting design, facade engineering, code consulting, LEED consulting

  • Civil Engineering

    Nitsch Engineering
  • Wood Scientist

    Anthony Associates
  • Cost Consultant

    Davis Langdon
  • Acoustics

    Sandy Brown Associates
  • Arborist

    Carl Cathcart
  • Restoration Consultant

    Building Conservation Associates
  • Client

    Harvard Art Museums
  • More Specs Less Specs
© Nic Lehoux
© Nic Lehoux

Text description provided by the architects. The Harvard Art Museums are university museums, a place to collect and exhibit art, a great workshop to study, in direct contact with the artworks. Show, preserve, teach.


If I had to describe the new Harvard Art Museums in a synthetic image, I would say that the ground floor is urban, serving the city by providing life; the second and third floors are for the art and the people who come to know it; the fourth and fifth contain more specialized spaces for the students like the Art Study Center and the conservation lab.

© Michel Denancé
© Michel Denancé

It is a stratification, an overlap of spaces and services that proceeds upwards towards more specialized functions.

© Nic Lehoux
© Nic Lehoux

The hidden base of the museums’ machine is the storage, where the artworks are filed and protected from the effects of time; while the rest of the space, under the big glazed lantern, is open to the city and to the light.


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Location to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address.
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Cite: "Harvard Art Museums Renovation and Expansion / Renzo Piano + Payette" 18 Nov 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884
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