- Structure:Robert Silman Associates
- Mep Engineering, Lighting Design, Facade Engineering, Code Consulting, Leed Consulting:Arup
- 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
- 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)
- Country:United States
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.
It is a stratification, an overlap of spaces and services that proceeds upwards towards more specialized functions.
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.